Napoli defender Raul Albiol has said he has no regrets leaving the Bernabeu, a year on from his €12m move from Real Madrid to Italy.
The Spanish international says that despite seeing his former teammates lifting La Decima last month, he feels that he has now got the feeling of being an important player back.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, the 28-year-old made clear that he had made the right personal choice, saying “I have no regrets.
“I would have liked to raise the tenth Champions League trophy with my friends, but I’m happy for Real Madrid.
“I wanted to feel important, and at Napoli I am. I wanted a team and a place that could bring new excitement and joy from playing,and I have found the right environment where I can express myself, thanks to coach Rafa Benitez.
“I have indeed gotten everything I wanted in this Azzurri shirt.”
Albiol was the first signing of Florentino Perez’s second presidential campaign, signing from Valencia in 2009 for €12m, and played 118 times for Los Blancos over four seasons. In that time he also won the World Cup with Spain, and is in the squad for Brazil in the defence of that trophy.