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Swansea City star Michu helps his former club Real Oviedo

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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MICHU has joined two other Premier League stars in buying shares in cash-strapped former club Real Oviedo.

Michu started out at Oviedo — his hometown club — while Chelsea's Juan Mata and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla also used to play for the Segunda B club.

Now all three have become shareholders as Real attempt to avoid going out of business.

It is thought the club could to the wall within a fortnight if they do not raise two million euros.

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"Myself, Mata and Cazorla have all bought shares, but it would be wrong of me to say how much," Michu explained.

"We just wanted to try to help save the club we all played for.

"The economy in Spain is very bad and the club needs around two million euros to survive.

"A lot of people have bought shares and hopefully it will be enough by the closing date of November 17."

Michu played more than 100 games for Oviedo after having joined the club at the age of five. They have had long stints in La Liga down the years, but are currently in the Spanish third tier.

"It's my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough," Michu added.

"Swansea fans should know how much it means to me and the Oviedo supporters.

"I remember reading up on the history of Swansea when I first arrived here. I remember reading how the Swansea supporters bought shares in this club when it was in trouble ten years ago — and again many years before that.

"Look at the club now — in the Premier League and winning at places like Anfield. Hopefully this SOS can have a similar effect."

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