West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena moved to West Ham to fulfil his ambition of playing in a top European league and to enhance his international credentials.
The 7-cap Paraguay international has earned a recall by his country. And he believes this has come about as a result of moving to West Ham.
In an interview published by the club’s official website, Balbuena explained that moving to England was always his ambition.
And he went on to explain how playing Premier League football can help his country.
Balbuena’s dream move
West Ham completed the signing of Balbuena from Corinthians this summer. The 6ft 2in centre-half has been a rock at the back, forming a solid partnership with Issa Diop.
And the 27-year-old explained that most South Americans dream of playing in Europe. His ambition was to play in the Premier League or other top European divisions.
Balbuena said: “The dream of every player, at least in South America, is to play in the big leagues.
“The Premier League is one of the best, if not the best, it has the best players in the world and every kid, when they start playing football in South America, can see the Premier League matches and dream about playing in one of those teams, so, obviously it was a motivation, a challenge.”
Balbuena also believes his move to Europe helped him earn a place back in the Paraguayan national team.
He is set to take part in a training camp with Juan Carlos Osorio, who recently left his job with the Mexico side.
Balbuena added: “Obviously I also thought about the national team, which is going through a transitional period and it’s important to have as many players as possible in the big leagues.
“We have them in Spain, in France and it’s really important for Paraguayan players to develop their potential in the national team.”