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Swansea City's Michu: I'm not worried by Spanish snub

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2013


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MICHU insists he has not been affected by missing out on a place in Spain's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Uruguay.

The European and world champions' coach Vincent Del Bosque suggested Swansea City's top scorer would be called up for the match.

He travelled to watch the former Rayo Vallecano man play at Everton last month, but in the end Michu didn't make the cut.

Swansea's £2.2 million signing did feature in a 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

And he says any international aspirations have been put on the back burner, with Queens Park Rangers visiting the Liberty next weekend.

"I have no problem with not being picked for the Spain squad," said the 16-goal forward.

"They have some really good and big players in the squad. I will need to work harder.

"I wasn't disappointed. It is difficult to enter into the Spanish squad and play games.

"I have had no contact with the manager.

"I'm not thinking about getting into the next squad right now, I'm only thinking about QPR.

"I hoped I would be in the squad, but getting in the Spain squad is difficult.

"They are the best team in the world and they have great players. They all deserve to be in the squad."

Michu, who was ill on Friday night, was again frustrated at Upton Park where he had limited scoring opportunities.

The 26-year-old shot over before heading too high in his only two real sights of goal.

"It is always disappointing to lose. It wasn't a good game for us," he said.

"West Ham play a lot of long balls and we had to face many corners and free-kicks. It was a very difficult for us.

"It was a frustrating day. We had a couple of chances, but we could not score. They scored and that was the difference. I'm not very happy.

"To lose ends a good run of performances and results for us.

"But it is just one defeat.

"We have 34 points and that is good for us. We now need to win against QPR."

Leon Britton was forced off in the second half on Saturday after injuring his ankle.

That sparked concern with the Capital One Cup final only three weeks away, but Britton has suffered no ligament damage and might be available to face Harry Redknapp's strugglers in five days' time.

"We are only thinking about QPR, not the cup final. That is too far away," added Michu.

"We have tough games coming up. We have QPR, we have Anfield and Liverpool and then the final. The gap is too big.

"We will be looking for a better performance and result the next time we come to London.

"We will need to improve and convert our chances. We haven't scored in the last couple of games and we need to improve in front of goal."

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