Former Swansea City midfielder Roque Mesa insists his time at the club was a positive one, despite things not going well “sporting wise”.
The Spanish midfielder joined Swansea in an £11.25m deal from Las Palmas in July 2017, with many believing he could turn into a bargain buy for the club.
He arrived with a growing reputation, having established himself as a star at his previous club and a player that several of the bigger Spanish clubs had taken a look at.
He was predicted to flourish in Wales but instead, his time at the club proved to be an extremely frustrating one, with him managing just 16 appearances in total and zero goals or assists in them.
He has since been moved on, departing Swansea for Sevilla in a £5.4m deal in July 2018 having initially joined the club on loan in the January transfer window that year.
Given how badly things went at the club, it’s easy to imagine he would look back on his time at Swansea with a little bit of regret.
That, though, isn’t the case. Instead, he says it was a good experience for him, even if things didn’t go to plan on the pitch.
“It was something I’d dreamed of since I was a kid because it’s a league that I was very attracted to,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“The opportunity was given to play there, and I wanted to live that experience.
“Although it may have been difficult for me to adapt to this type of football on a sporting level, on a personal level it was a very good experience in which I learned the language and got to know another type of culture.
“I was there for six months until between December and January the opportunity to play in Sevilla came up.
“At that moment I considered it was an opportunity I could not let go and I took advantage of it.”