Teerasil ready to prove himself in Spain

The Muangthong United striker is unfazed about plying his trade in Europe after La Liga side Almeria confirmed recently that will be playing for them in the 2014/15 season
Southeast Asia is rejoicing at the fact that they will finally have a representative playing in one of Europe's top-flight clubs again.

Thailand's star striker Teerasil Dangda was recently confirmed to be playing for La Liga side Almeria on loan next season, with an option for a permanent deal.

And despite all the fanfare, the Muangthong United player seems unfazed by the hype, saying he is ready to prove himself at the elite level.

"It's not like I'm over the moon as it's no surprise at all," the 25-year-old told Goal in an exclusive interview.

"The club kept me updated on the transfer all the time, so I've been prepared."

Teerasil also explained the rationale for not moving to the club last month, but only after this season ends.

"I know the reason why I will go there in the summer and not in January," he explained.

"It's because it's easier to start [pre-season] at the same level with your teammates, whereas moving in January will force me to start from level one when the others are already at level four or five. I would be struggling then.

"It's useless to collect all the expectations and pressurise yourself. I'm going there to play football and I want to prove myself at the European level."

When asked about Almeria's relegation battles this season and the potential of him playing in the second-tier Segunda, Teerasil was also unperturbed about the issue, as long as he gets his chance to play in Europe.

"La Liga or Segunda, I'll get there and play anyway," he said.

"It would be different in terms of quality and the level of opposition, but come what may. For now I wish they can stay up in La Liga.

"Rodri is a great player who influence this team a lot. I wish he can return to play as soon as possible."

The Thai striker, who has scored over 100 goals in the Thai leagues and has 29 goals in 58 caps for his country, is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the region.