Speaking to the official Rams website, Albentosa highlighted the club’s training facilities as one of the big things that has impressed him.
Arriving at the iPro Stadium in the January transfer window, central defender Albentosa has made just five appearances for Steve McClaren’s side, due to a lengthy injury he picked up during his first weeks at the Midlands club.
All four league appearances have ended without victory, and the former Eibar man has been thrust into the first-team when the Rams are losing pace in the race for promotion to the Premier League. They now sit six points off league leaders Bournemouth, and with a game against Watford coming up, McClaren could see his team fall out of the play-offs entirely.
This has done little to dampen Albentosa’s excitement at playing for Derby, and despite playing a wealth of football at the top level in Spain, he believes that the Rams are better suited for top level football than many of the La Liga teams.
The 26-year-old Spaniard said: “In terms of structure, for a team in the second division in England, Derby have better facilities than most of the top flight sides in Spain.
“That’s a massive positive in terms of the environment you are coming into to work and outside the club.”
From the outside, Derby do look like a club who deserve to be in the Premier League, and their facilities certainly match that attitude. However, until they can sort out their on-pitch issues, the top flight may remain a bridge too far for the Midlands club.