It's been an uncertain summer for Spanish striker Javi Guerra, but one that has reached a resolution which leaves him completely satisfied, having completed a transfer deadline day move to Rayo Vallecano.
At his presentation press conference, via the official Rayo Vallecano website, the 33-year-old admitted his final weeks with the Welsh club had been a frustrating time.
Guerra explained: "The negotiations took a long time and my situation at Cardiff City was complicated, because I was training apart from the team on the margin of things."
As such, there was no hiding the feeling of pleasure and relief from Guerra, as he expressed: "I've joined a club who have shown their confidence in me, and have waited until the final minute to get me. I'm really happy to have joined Rayo, because they're an attractive team for any player to play for."
Following his loan spell with Malaga last season, along with problems settling in at Cardiff City, Guerra underlined: "It was always my aim to return to Spain because given my characteristics, La Liga suits me best, plus I prefer the style and way we play football here."
Looking ahead and hoping to rediscover the best of his form, Guerra concluded: "I expect to be in top shape within a couple of weeks, so that's why the international break in league fixtures is a good opportunity for me. I want to recover my physical shape swiftly and get myself into the team dynamic."
Rayo Vallecano president Martin Presa was also delighted, having secured the services of Guerra, enthusing: "He's one of the Spanish forwards with some of the best numbers in the last decade, both in Spain and Europe. We hope that he'll maintain that level of consistency and will help us to secure our fifth consecutive survival in La Liga."
The first opportunity for Guerra to make his mark and to debut with Rayo, will come on Monday 14th September, when they host Deportivo La Coruña at Vallecas. Without a doubt, he is an important addition to bolster the attacking options available to manager, Paco Jemez.