Garay: I do not regret leaving Real Madrid

The Argentine centre-back confessed that he is "very pleased" with his decision to leave Los Blancos for Benfica last year, but praised his former club for winning La Liga
By Alberto Pinero

Ezequiel Garay has stressed that he does not regret leaving Real Madrid for Benfica.

The Argentine defender left the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2011 in an attempt to secure regular first-team football after being restricted to a bench role at Los Blancos, and he affirmed that he is very happy with the way things have turned out for him at the Lisbon giants.

"I do not regret my decision to leave Madrid. A footballer always wants to play. If you don't get playing time somewhere, you have to look at other options. I made the right decision and I'm very happy here," Garay stated to

"It's been a great year for me. I have played almost every game, and only missed a few matches due to injury. Benfica are an incredible club. They have looked after me really well ever since I joined them. I am very pleased with my choice."

Despite leaving Madrid, the 25-year-old did not stop following Real, and he was pleased to see them pick up the Liga title ahead of Barcelona.

"They have achieved something very difficult by winning the league and I congratulate them on their achievement," he added.

"I have made a lot of friends at Madrid and I'm very happy for them. I have been in touch with [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria and a few more. I'm pleased for them."

Madrid finished nine points clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in the La Liga table.