Spanish striker Raul Tamudo enjoying being back at Rayo Vallecano

Raul Tamudo: Back at Rayo Vallecano

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Spanish striker Raul Tamudo is relishing being back at Primera Liga high-fliers Rayo Vallecano after joining on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old linked up with his former club late last month following his release by Mexican side Pachuca.

Tamudo scored the goal that kept Rayo in the top-flight last season and the frontman is delighted to be back.

The Spanish side currently sit seventh in the table, just two points away from a European spot, and Tamudo said: "I am here with all the desire in the world.

"Now I hope to be another player who can help, like I always want to do. The team has been doing well and now I hope that I can help them go on to celebrate something.

"This is a moment to enjoy now the team are doing well and pushing for the positions at the top end of the table.

"When [sporting director] Felipe Minambres called me I was pleased because it was unexpected and I had thought that there wouldn't be any more chances for me to play in Spanish football."

Despite Rayo's lofty position in the table, Tamudo is refusing to get carried away by thoughts of UEFA Champions League football.

"I do not want to talk about scoring goals for the team to qualify for Europe," he added.

"What is important is that we should continue playing as we are and keep our feet on the ground."

Earlier in his career Tamudo made 340 senior appearances for boyhood club Espanyol, but says the Spanish side did not get in touch over a possible return last month.

He said: "Options to return to Espanyol were not there.

"I am at Rayo now and it is great here and was fantastic to score the goal against Granada to keep the team up. It was unforgettable."