Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has admitted he sees himself ‘with a future in Spain’ as he currently enjoys a loan spell with Alaves.
The American centre back has been with Chelsea since 2016, when he joined from New York Red Bulls in a £4.14m deal.
He’s only managed two appearances in the Blues first team, though, instead spending the last five years out on loan with various clubs around Europe.
His latest is Deportivo Alaves in La Liga, who join a list of clubs including Anderlecht, Reading, Nantes and Vitesse that Miazga has played for on loan since signing with Chelsea.
So far, he’s been a regular for the club, featuring in four league games and with only one of those not being a start.
The 26-year-old will be hoping this loan spell is the one in which he can really make his mark, particularly as his deal at Stamford Bridge expires next summer and he could find himself on the hunt for a new club.
If that is the case, it seems he wouldn’t mind a return to Spain, where he is feeling well at home already.
“I’m enjoying everything. I’ve been to several countries in my career, mostly in Europe, but in terms of football and quality of life, I really like Spain,” he told Marca CLARO.
“I want to learn the language and master it. The truth is that I wish I had taken my Spanish classes more seriously when I was younger.
“Now I see why Spanish football is one of the best leagues in the world. The level is very high, and I know I’m going to learn and progress a lot this season.
“It’s early to say, but I’m really enjoying it. I definitely see myself with a future in Spain, but you never know in football.
“I just want to win and keep playing well here at Alaves, have continuity and play minutes for the team to win and move up the table.”