The Argentine playmaker brought an end to his spell at Malaga to join El Grana in the hope of finding more playing time and more appreciationEXCLUSIVE
By Matias Baldo
New signing Diego Buonanotte has revealed to Goal.com that his desire to play a more important role was the reason behind his decision to swap Malaga for Granada.
The diminutive Argentine completed his switch in a deal worth €2.3 million (£2m) in January, and is hopeful that under new coach Luca Alcaraz he will be given more chances to play.
"I left because I needed to find continuity, I need to play and be taken into account more by the coach," Buonanotte told Goal.com.
But having moved from Champions League high-flyers Malaga to relegation-threatened Granada, the former River Plate star is under no illusion as to the task facing his new side.
"Our target as a group is obviously to get the points in order to avoid relegation," he continued.
"At present, we are not [in] the relegation places but we are far too close."
The Andalucian side entertain a resurgent Real Madrid on Saturday in the Primera Division, but Buonanotte is optimistic his new team can collect points.
"We have to start getting points at home and this starts by working hard during the week," he added.
"Now we have a big game against Real Madrid and though it will be tough, we need to start collecting the points we need."
Despite being happy with his move, Buonanotte does regret failing to make an impact at Malaga, and says he did not believe he was a favoured player of coach Manuel Pellegrini.
"The team [Malaga] made the Champions League and are now in the knockout [stage]. Personally, in the last two months I played and I scored in the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and La Liga. I thought I was doing well, [but] I was left disappointed.
"I thought [I would] stay after enjoying more playing time. However, I did not stay because I knew I was not a favourite of Pellegrini. He did not ask me to go however, it was my decision."