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The French midfielder found himself spending more time on the bench than he’d hoped at the Gunners before he was allowed to go in the last transfer window.
Coquelin has been a hit with Los Che since his move to La Liga and scored his first goal for the club in last weekend’s win over Malaga, as Football.London reports.
And following his £11million transfer, which includes a huge €80m release clause, Coquelin believes he had to move on last month as he needed a new challenge in his career.
“It isn’t that easy when you’ve spent 10 years somewhere, but I needed a new challenge,” the midfielder told Spanish outlet Clicanoo.
“You tend to get into a comfort zone when you stay several years in the same clubs.
“You try and challenge yourself, but it’s a bit harder.
“Here, I’m starting from scratch.
“It’s a new experience, a new training method, new teammates and a new environment.
“All that means I was thrilled by the project.
“There’s interesting goals to accomplish. I’m focused on that.”