Iker Casillas moving from Real Madrid to FC Porto has inevitably caused a goalkeeping ripple affect. On the same day his former club announced the arrival of Kiko Casilla from Espanyol, another La Liga club has benefited from the movements.
Granada officially announced the loan signing of former Osasuna keeper Andres Fernandez on Friday, with the 28-year-old having penned a one-year loan contract, following extensive negotiations with FC Porto, which have lasted a number of weeks.
During the presentation press conference and clearly delighted with his latest capture, sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero enthused: "As we stated in the press release earlier today, objective accomplished, mission accomplished!"
"I encountered absolute willingness on the part of Andres Fernandez, to join Granada. This sort of willingness and enthusiasm is important for us to encounter, from a player of his stature." Added the Granada director, confirming: "He's the goalkeeper we always wanted."
Andres himself underlined that he never had any doubts about the move to Granada, explaining: "I was very clear this was going to be my destination."
Whilst it's fair to say his options were increasingly limited at Porto, Andres suggested there were plenty of good reasons for joining Granada, highlighting: "Coming to Granada is a privilege. The fans, the stadium, the new training complex, all makes this a very interesting project. All those things triggered my decision and I think I've made a great decision."
Andres also admitted speaking to former Granada star Yacine Brahimi, who made an excellent impact with Porto last season. The goalkeeper revealed: "He told there were always great sensations, from the people who work here, the club and in this city. It was good to get the opinion of Brahimi."
Ready to get straight to work, Andres concluded: "I'm tremendously keen to get started with training now, get to know my colleagues, be with the team and give everything that I've got."