Real Madrid are overdue a successful youth team product, and the midfielder hopes to be that man...Esteban Granero does not want to follow in the footsteps of so many Real Madrid youth team products and leave without having a chance to prove himself at the highest level.
The 22-year-old rose through the ranks at the Bernabeu before making a loan move to Getafe permanent only to then be bought back by Los Merengues this summer.
Buoyed by promises that he will be a regular member of the squad, Granero is looking to make his mark this season and hopes that he will not be forced to move on again in a year's time.
"I wouldn’t like to leave next year without having become an important player on the team," he was quoted as saying by the club's official website.
"Players who have been signed by the team are of unquestionable quality, but I used to have a coach who always said that we are all the same on the pitch, that we all have two feet, one heart and one mind. We are all the same.
"It’s our efforts, our confidence and our drive that tell us apart.
"[Director general Jorge] Valdano told me what I wanted to hear: that I am just another player and that I am here to stay. The rest is up to me. As long as everything depends on me I won’t try to blame anyone else.
"I depend on my work and my effort. I’m calm because I know that I will earn whatever happens.
"I spoke to [coach] Manuel Pellegrini after I signed for the team and he said the same as Valdano. He said he had faith in me and told me to work hard.
"I am grateful to him for always being straightforward with me. He always tells me what he believes I should improve on and not what I want to hear."
Lucas Brown, Goal.com