Abel Hernandez rejected Benfica to join Hull City

Hull City striker Abel Hernandez says that he rejected Benfica to play in the Premier League.

Hull City's record signing Abel Hernandez has revealed that he turned down a move to Benfica in favour of joining the Tigers on transfer deadline day.

The Uruguay striker, who joined Hull from Palermo in a deal believed to be worth around £9.5m, said that it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League.

"I had six years at Palermo. I lived beautiful and ugly moments and it was time for a change. I can't wait to start," he told tuttomercatoweb.com.

"I have gone to the best league in the world. Benfica wanted me too but I wanted the Premier League and it will be a wonderful experience. I'm ready to play in England, it has always been my dream. I thank Hull City for opening the door to me. I hope to repay their trust.

"I signed a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year. I will do my best to achieve all the goals, the first is survival."

Hernandez could make his Hull debut against West Ham United on Monday night.

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