Brighton & Hove Albion striker Leonardo Ulloa couldn’t hide his delight after he completed a return to the club on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season this morning.
The Argentinean forward returns to the south coast having scored 26 goals in 58 appearances during his first spell with the club, and he insisted he was delighted to be back in familiar surroundings.
He said, “It was an easy decision because I have a unique feeling with this club – they opened the door for me to come into England and I know all about the fans, the club and the city.
“This feels like my home in this country – when I’m in the city and the streets I feel different and for that reason I’m happy to be back here.
“I had a special relationship with the fans the first time I was here and that’s really good for me – they’re so important to the team.
“When you can feel them on the pitch you feel more comfortable and I felt that here before – I want to do a job on the pitch for the team.”
The returning striker will reunite with some familiar faces in training this week, and he was full of praise for their qualities both on and off the pitch - a group he knows well.
“It’s great to link up with Bruno again – we shared good times together and he’s a special man, everyone knows that.
“At training this week I’ll be happy to see them, they’re good people as well as good players and I want to play with them to reach our objectives.
“Everyone knows the quality the boys have and that level has increased in the Premier League – it’s great to be in the division and now we have to do the best we can, and it helps that I know people here.”
Since making the switch north to the King Power Stadium, Ulloa has tasted Premier League title-winning success with the Midlands club.
He emphasised that the historic campaign under Claudio Ranieri is one which he looks back on fondly.
“It was an amazing and wonderful experience, it was a dream year.
“When you touch a dream like that, it feels different and you can’t explain that feeling. It was magic and wonderful - we created history. I don’t think you’ll see something like that again for a long time.
“Now I have a new chapter and I want to focus on Brighton. I’ve played in the Premier League now and I’ve improved both as a player and a person. I want to use that to help the team and the club.
“I feel like there’s unfinished business here and I always felt everything about the club meant it deserved to be in the Premier League.
“I feel fit and ready to play, I trained hard every week at Leicester City because I wanted to be ready to show what I can do.”
Albion fans can watch Leonardo Ulloa's full interview after re-joining the club on Seagulls TV by clicking here.