I moved to Real Valladolid, a team located near the center of Spain,where despite not having a lot of minutes, I learnt very fast of what professional football was. That same season I went on loan to Toledo and then to Tenerife, where I met Rafa Benitez and Pako Ayestarán , and with them I improved all the aspects as a football player, scoring 16 goals and ascending to First Division, on a second division of fear, with big teams like Sevilla , Betis and Atlético Madrid.
Thanks to this season, Valladolid returns to be my house and I can enjoy of playing in La Liga.
Barcelona exercises its option and I start the preseason at Can Barça , with an eye on the capital, which would be my next destination.
In 2002 signed by Atlético Madrid, making a great campaign and having players like Fernando Torres, Demetrio Albertini or Sergi Barjuan, as some of my team-mates.
Once again I fall in Barcelona hands, but this time is different, is to stay as first team player and be part of what was a new era for the club. Ronaldinho, Luis Enrique, Xavi; kluivert and many La Masia players, the team took second place in the tournament, but the revolution would continue, Eto, Giouly, Deco and a young Messi, made our Asian tour a stunning success.
Arrived that moment I receive the call from my ” football Mentor” Rafa Benitez, new challenge ahead playing for Liverpool FC, one of the greatest teams in the history of football.
Once there and with fear of the unknown, four Spaniards, Xabi Alonso, Josemi , Antonio Núñez and I, we managed to get into the team and fight for big trophies with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher as a Captains and leaders . I am filled with deep emotion.
The best three years of my career, one Champions League as the main point and a World Cup with the Spanish National team, made come true all dreams I had since I was 5.
In 2008 and after losing our second Champions League final in Athens , signed back to Atlético Madrid meeting again with world-class players like Simao, Forlan and Kun Aguero.
In 2009 some injuries do not allow me to give as much as I wished to Racing Santander, but Panathinaikos in Athens, returns me the opportunity to experience amazing nights of Champions League.