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11 July 2014

Spanish frontman says fellow countryman played a key part in his move to the DW Stadium.

New Latics striker Oriol Riera says his move to Latics became an easy choice after a conversation with former Barcelona teammate Jordi Gomez.

Riera says he was impressed with how highly his fellow countryman spoke of the setup at the DW Stadium after he enjoyed five years with the club before leaving to join Sunderland this summer.

And the former Osasuna man is keen to impress after his first two weeks with his new teammates.

“Jordi said that this was an easy choice to come to Wigan because for him this was a good team and a very good place to play football,” Riera explained. “He said that it would be a good opportunity for me to learn the football and the culture.

“I feel very good, for me it’s a new experience and it’s another chance for me to develop another language, another culture and different football.”

Riera scored 13 goals in La Liga last season despite Osasuna’s relegation from the top-flight and he’s determined to lead Latics back to the Premier League after narrowly missing out last campaign.

“I think we have a very good team,” he added. “I like my new team-mates and for me it’s a pleasure to be here and learn new things.

“For me playing in La Liga was a dream and now I have the ambition to play in the Premier League with Wigan and we’ll try to achieve that.”

And he also says it’s a pleasure to play under new boss Uwe Rosler after the German boss sought his services immediately in the transfer window.

“It’s a good relationship because he wanted me to come here and for me it’s a pleasure to be here with the manager trying to get Wigan into the Premier League,” Riera continued.

When asked about his style of play, the 28-year-old says he’ll leave Latics’ fans to make a judgement after they’ve seen him play in the opening weeks of the season.

“I’m a central striker but I like to score goals and my ambition is to score but I like to go wide to cross also,” he said.

“I think I’d like the fans to see my football over the next few weeks and then they can have an opinion.”


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