Bravo backs Leeds` Uefa push

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RAUL BRAVO has said he is enjoying life in English football, and believes Leeds United are still capable of clinching a Uefa Cup spot this term.

The Spaniard - who is on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season - returned to the Leeds' first-team at the weekend for The Whites' 3-0 home defeat by Newcastle.

Despite the reverse, the 22-year-old remains confident that the squad at Elland Road is good enough to clinch a European place.

"We are now seven or eight points, no more, from the Uefa Cup zone," said Bravo.

"We can get better though because we have the team to do so."

The Spanish international, who was involved in a clash with Alan Shearer during the Newcastle game, admitted that he had been forced to adapt quickly to the physical nature of English football, but insisted he had no regrets about coming to The Premiership.

"It (English football) is a more direct type of football, with long balls, a game where strength comes first.

"I am very happy though, the people have received me very well.

"I do not regret at all leaving Real Madrid.

"I decided to leave because I wanted to enjoy an experience like this.

"The coach (Del Bosque) was not giving me many minutes, therefore₻ My wish was to play and I can do that here.

"I did not have any doubts when it came to signing for Leeds.

"It is a club at which I can improve as a player.

"I only knew about Venables from what people said, because I was very young when he coached in Spain.

"But England attracted me on a football level."

Bravo also revealed that he was eagerly anticipating the chance to play in the Yorkshire side's forthcoming grudge league clash with Manchester United.

"It will be a chance for us to prove ourselves. It is a game that everyone wants to play in."