In fact, Alan said yesterday that he had spoken to Giovani about moving to Mallorca and his teammate had nothing but positive things to say about the club which he described as one great family. He spoke to me about the great atmosphere in the changing rooms and out on the pitch and of course, just how lovely this island is. After the official presentation, Alan, who could make his debut on the right this weekend admitted that once the Mallorca offer came through, it did not take him long to make a decision.
Challenge I've played in the Scottish league, represented my country 28 times and played in the English Premier League and the Championship, so now I can gain some more experience by playing overseas here in the Spanish league which boasts the best players in the world right now, Alan said.
He admitted that he is really looking forward to the challenge and having played through Spain's winter break with Villa, says that he feels fit and ready to get straight down to work and he could get his Liga baptism of fire against Real Sociedad this Sunday evening.
I know the game back home has much more pace and power while here it's more tactical and I'm looking forward to experiencing and learning from that, the Scot said.
I hope that playing here in Spain will make me a better player, he added.
Referring to the team's precarious position in the Liga, second from bottom, Alan admitted that he is fully aware of the situation It's going to be a massive challenge, but I've played in these positions before both at domestic and international level so I hope I can bring that experience to Real Mallorca and help get the side back up the league. I'm not worried, I feel 100 percent fit and am prepared to work hard with the right attitude to help lift the side. Obviously, before that I've got to prove my worth and book my place in the starting XI but I'm ready, more than ready, he added.
First choice Mallorca I've been approached by a number of clubs but we've been in negotiations with Mallorca for nearly two months now and this was my first choice. I'm here to give everything I've got to the club, he added.
A group of Rangers were expected to join fans who turned out to welcome Alan yesterday but failed to show, that said, there was a large group of fans eager to get their first look at their new Scottish star and have pictures taken with him.
Acting chairman Serra Ferrer publicly thanked Hutton and Fernando Tissone, who made his return to the club from Italy yesterday, for their commitment to the side. I know they've both been keen to join us from the very first day we made contact with them and their agents and I want the fans to know that. I also want to thank them for having made financial sacrifices in order to make the move. They are both joining us in order to help us reach our objective (avoid relegation) which is going to be difficult but is certainly not impossible and their quality and experience as players is going to be a great help, Ferrer said.