Spain debutant Michu reveals Del Bosque gratitude

The Swansea attacker made his first appearance for la Roja in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Belarus, and was delighted to be given the opportunity to showcase his ability
Swansea forward Michu has thanked Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for placing faith in him after making his international debut against Belarus on Friday.

The 27-year-old started the World Cup qualifier in Mallorca, before being replaced by Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo just short of the hour mark in the 2-1 win.

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The narrow victory means that Del Bosque's men need just a point from Tuesday's clash against Georgia to guarantee qualification for Brazil, and Michu has revealed his gratitude to the Spain coach for his chance to shine.

"I am very pleased and very grateful," the former Ray Vallecano man said.

"I appreciate the confidence that the coach has given me."

Negredo, who scored Spain's second on Friday, said he was eager to force his way back into the side but insisted that there was no ill feeling between the forwards.

"I'm very happy, trying to make the most of the chances I get but the most important thing is winning," he said.

"We all want to play, we have that excitement. Today he [Del Bosque] went for Michu, another day he goes with me."