Nottingham Forest appointed Aitor Karanka as their manager on a two-and-a-half year deal earlier in January and he helped them finish in the 17th spot last season.

To boost their chances of finishing higher in the table and also achieve promotion to the Premier League, Forest had invested to strengthen their squad in the transfer window. They have several new faces arrive at the City Ground, which includes seven non-English players.

The former Middlesbrough manager has revealed he had to “convince” foreign players to join his side, but, in the end, they always start enjoying life in the Championship.

“It’s a very complicated league, impossible to explain, here you can be playing great and be tied at the 87 minute,” Karanka said during an interview with Marca.

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“When I came, I could not imagine what I found. I have to convince foreign players to come, but then they see it, they enjoy it and it’s worth it.”

The Spanish coach has also stressed that Forest should not rush to achieve promotion to the Premier League, but admitted the sooner they make the leap, the better.

“There are always two or three years of transition. The rush is not good, but we will try to do it as soon as possible,” he added.