Leicester striker Ulloa admits shock at own price tag

Leonardo Ulloa 19/02/13 Cardiff v Brighton

The £8 million fee which took Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton & Hove Albion to Leicester City this summer came as a shock to even the player himself.

Leonardo Ulloa has openly admitted his surprise at the club record £8 million fee Leicester City paid to sign him from Brighton & Hove Albion this summer.

Joining Brighton in January 2013 from Spanish outfit Almeria, the 28-year-old striker scored 23 goals in 50 Championship appearances during his 18-month spell on the south coast, before eclipsing the £5.5 million spent on Ade Akinbiyi in 2000 to become the Foxes' record buy.

Getting off to an impressive start in his first taste of the top-flight, with two goals in three games so far, the Argentine always held ambitions of plying his trade in the Premier League, but never expected his services to carry such a hefty price tag.

‘I wanted to play in the Premier League. I spoke with Brighton and said that I wanted to leave, that it was a good chance for my career,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘It was a weird situation coming from a second division team – so much money was paid.

‘It wasn’t that I was transferred from a Premier League team to another, but in England it’s like that – different than any other place in the world.

‘If there is a player that is having a good performance, the clubs don’t care how much they spend. They just buy the transfer.

‘I couldn’t believe it when I was told as it was a lot of money.’

Ulloa was also joined at Leicester by another Argentinian last month, with World Cup veteran Esteban Cambiasso arriving from Inter Milan on a free transfer, and the front man has been impressed with how his new teammate conducts himself both on and off the training ground.

‘I didn’t know him [Cambiasso] before and I have been surprised because he is a very kind person, with a lot of humility,’ he said.

‘I’ve asked him a lot about his experience in Italy. He asks me about England, he got surprised about the way football is in England, the organisation and the culture.

‘It’s good for me to be with him, he gives experience and quality.’

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