Granada chief promises new signings for La Liga return

Granada director of football, Juan Carlos Cordero, has moved to reassure supporters the club will have a competitive team for their return to the top flight after a 35-year absence. The Andalusians, who have a partnership agreement with Italian Serie A club Udinese, have still to fill a third of their squad and fans have recently become restless, with many fearing an instant return to the second division.

However, Cordero said: “We will have a competitive team to stay up, but there is no hurry and we don´t want to bring a player in just to appease the supporters. We have never done that and are not about to start now. I have a feeling there is some pessimism around, and I don´t like it. We know how the market works and we must be patient.” .

Granada plan to have a 23 or 24-man squad for the start of the season in August and Cordero insists his club will not get carried away: “We know the players we want and they will come,” he says. “We are already in advanced negotiations with a few and they will occupy the places vacant at present. But we will not bow down to the demands of any player or another club.”

One signing likely to be completed in the next few days is that of Odion Ighalo, who scored the promotion-winning goal at Elche´s Mart

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