The ten seasons with Valencia C.F. were the best of my sporting career. I won trophies (one Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey), one Spanish Super Cup (between league and cup winners) and a UEFA Intertoto Cup), and I reached two Champions League finals (2000-2001), in which I was individually named the best midfielder in the competition both times. (2000-2001).
After my time in Barça, I decided to play in the Premier League, where I’d always wanted to play, signing for Middlesbrough, a humble team where I intended to make a significant mark. Just one year later we managed to win the League Cup (EFL Cup), then we reached the UEFA Cup final two years later. In 2008 I decided to retire from professional football.