Spanish striker Fernando Morientes says he is happy to have escaped the physical nature of the Premier League following his return to Spain with Valencia.
The 30-year-old former Liverpool striker has scored two goals in two league games as well as a hat-trick in the Champions League against Olympiakos since joining Valencia in the summer.
“I wanted to return to what I knew and play the kind of football in which I felt more comfortable,” Morientes told Sport.
The former Real Madrid striker only managed 12 goals in 61 appearances for Liverpool, and he was grateful to accept Valecia’s offer of a return to Spain.
“I didn’t like the physical nature of the game in England or the referees who let more things go, and who blow for fewer fouls than they do here,” Morientes added.
“A striker isn’t protected from rival defences there, and they gave me a really hard time.”