After spending his entire playing career in Spain, Diego Rico moved to England as AFC Bournemouth secured his services from Leganes in the summer.
The left-back made his debut in the Cherries’ Carabao Cup win over MK Dons at the end of last month and since then, he has played the full 90 minutes against Chelsea and Leicester City.
Rico is aware that his place in Eddie Howe’s starting XI should not be taken for granted if he wants to make the fullback position his own for the English club.
Bournemouth paid €15m to the La Liga outfit in order to bring the defender to the Vitality Stadium, which is the highest transfer fee raised by Leganes from the sale of any player.
The Spaniard gave an interview to Spanish newspaper Marca, where he was asked about his adaptation to the new life in the Premier League and if the transfer fee will have any impact on his performance.
“I have to work hard so that the coach continues to trust me. I do not mind playing on the wings or as left-back, the important thing is to help the team. I am very motivated,” Rico said.
“The €15m fee is not a responsibility, it shows trust. They wanted me at all costs despite the sanction and I was able to reach one of the best leagues in the world. Going to the Premier League is a jump in my career. Bournemouth is a quiet city with a beach and the best weather in England. It is ideal for playing football.”