Moreno Agrees Trotters Switch

Last updated : 05 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Atletico Madrid striker Javier Moreno has agreed to sign for Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season, after weekend negotiations to bring the former Alaves and Milan player to England proved succesful.

The 29-year old has seen opportunities limited in Madrid and has been looking to leave the Vicente Calderon Stadium for quite some time in order to find regular football and the move to the Reebok Stadium could be the fresh start that the former Spanish international needs. The player welcomed the move to England but was keeping an open mind about where his future lies.

"My move to Bolton is not one to escape Spanish football, I am prepared to play in La Liga but if they do not give me the opportunities I am not going to sit in the stands. I am a professional footballer and my will is to play. The Premier League attracts me. It is a great championship, the best one in Europe after the Spanish. I am going to spend the next five months with Bolton. Afterwards, we will see because I still have another year on my contract with Atletico." the player told Sky Sports

Moreno also claimed that he was very impressed at the way in which the Bolton manager Sam Allardyce conducted himself during the negotiations and was quick not to set too many targets at his new club - only one which was to do his best during the months of his loan period.

"The manager of Bolton came to see me to negotiate my loan and that says a lot for me. I see that he trusts me and I don't want to defraud him but I can't deceive anybody and say to the fans that I am going to score 20 goals in five months. I am prepared to play at any time but I understand that first I must get used to the way Bolton play and know my team-mates. Anyway, I leave the decision in the hands of the manager as to when he wants to use me."

The player claimed the prescence in Bolton of compatriot Ivan Campo will help him adapt to his new surroundings much easier and said that it will have a positive effect on himself and the team.

"To have another Spaniard in Bolton's squad can be very positive in all senses. It will help me to connect to this style of football as quickly as possible." he added