Jon Toral would ‘love’ to play alongside Hector Bellerin at Arsenal as he tries to resurrect his season with Rangers.
Playing just 267 league minutes with Granada, Arsenal pulled the plug and sent him north to play for Mark Warburton, a manager who knows him well and will use him.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Toral spoke of Gedion Zelalem and Mikel Arteta who helped him make up his mind. But he was also speaking with the press about Hector, the player he arrived with from Barcelona back in 2011.
“He is one of the best right backs in the Premiership in my opinion so I couldn’t be happier for him,” Toral said.
“I would love one day to play alongside him for Arsenal. Playing well for Rangers can help me prove to the boss at Arsenal that I am ready for the first team.
“You have to be mentally strong, it’s not easy changing clubs.
“But I am sure it will benefit me in the long run.
“I enjoyed working with Mark at Brentford, he did a great job there. We knew how good that team was, we had a lot of young, hungry players. Not a lot was expected of us but we reached the play-off semi-finals which was a great achievement,” Toral added.
“I know how much faith the manager has in me.
“He believes I will play in the Premiership one day. That gives me so much confidence and makes me want to get started right away. The manager has told me what he expects from me. This will be a challenge for me. There’s not many clubs in the world where you play in front of 50,000 fans every week. But that’s a massive part of why I am here. I want to test myself and better myself. I think I am going to enjoy it .”
The Spaniard is currently awaiting international clearance before he can play for Rangers.
His contract with Arsenal runs until 2018.