Esteban Granero probably had little idea what he was getting himself into when he joined QPR. Several of the incoming players appeared to completely buy the club's ambitions of aiming for a Champions League place this season and said so themselves. Fans perhaps weren't so optimistic but most saw a mid table finish as something which would enable the club to build on for the future, and then further pushes to get to the top table of European football.
Instead, Granero and pals have found themselves in relegation battle from day one. It's a fight which they've ultimately lost and that defeat will see them playing Championship football next season. Financially the club should be ok, even with the high wages, they are back by serious money but it's FFP rules, even now being implemented domestically, which will cause them headaches, That and players deciding they'd rather not join in the rough and tumble of the English second division.
Granero is surely one who will be edging towards the exit and today he's told AS that his move to QPR was rushed through and he didn't have much time to think about the situation. The attraction of testing himself in the Premier League and living in London was enough for him to take the chance and the latter reason has worked out well for him. The QPR man says he loves the city and often socialises with Spainish players from other club, such as Chelsea's Juan Mata.
The Spaniard explained to AS that now he's merely a Real Madrid fan rather than a player, he can watch them without the same pressure but he's been disappointed by their season. He doesn't put the blame on anybody and is polite about Jose Mourinho and the president, Florentino Perez.
On the difference between the two leagues, he says "There's not much, but for me the Spanish is better. The Premier is perhaps more attractive. They are different styles but the three best players in the world are there (in the Golden Ball.)"
Granero says he feels he did all he could to help QPR this season and doesn't feel he should be singled out for criticism for what was a collective failure. He wants talks in the summer about his future and said that whilst he takes some responsibility for what's happened, he can see himself back in Spain.
He said that when being questioned about the 'Quarry' at Real Madrid. It's the club's version of La Masia and Granero believes it's very underrated and points out there are players at clubs all over Europe who have come through the Madrid youth system. He feels that it's under-appreciated because players move abroad, like he has, but he stated that he'l return to Spain and that will add another product from the quarry to La Liga.