DERIK Osede has announced some grand plans after making his long-awaited Wanderers debut.

Injured in the final pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic, the Spanish defender had to wait more than a month to get his first run-out in English football.

But after lining up in the 2-1 win over Wolves, the former Real Madrid defender has made his intentions crystal clear.

“I have played at what, to me, is the biggest club in the world at Real Madrid but this is not a big change for me,” he told The Bolton News.

“Bolton is a great club. We have been in the Premier League and I am here to make them return. I think they should be in the top division.

“We have a very good manager who can make us into a great team.”

Derik admits the style of football in England differs wildly from the fayre he has been used to in Spain, where he spent most of his time playing for Real’s feeder team Castilla under the watchful eye of Zinedine Zidane.

“It s very hard,” he said. “There are a lot of games and unlike Spain, the football is harder here. You don’t get any fouls from the referee. But I am enjoying it.

“I always wanted to come to England. That was my dream.

“I love English football. It is fast, it is passionate.

“I knew about Bolton before I came here because my father is from Nigeria. Jay Jay Okocha is a great player who I watched as a child.

“Ivan Campo has played here, so did Fernando Hierro. The first time I heard I could come to Bolton, I knew I wanted to do it.

“I hope to be a great player like Campo. I have the hair!

“My hair takes 10 minutes in the morning, no more than that. But I like it.”

In what has become a dressing room of many languages of late, Derik admits the only dialect he struggles to get his head around is Redcar’s finest, David Wheater.

“He’s a funny guy,” said the 22-year-old. “He has helped me a lot from my first day at the club.”

Derik’s early days at Bolton have not been without their disappointments, and an ankle injury sustained on the eve of the new campaign meant Wanderers fans had to wait more than a month to see one of Neil Lennon’s most high profile summer signings.

“Getting injured in the final game before the start of the season was very frustrating,” he said. “This is my work. This is why I am here at Bolton, to play, so it has not been easy for me to sit and watch.

“I had to wait, be strong in my mind. But I am very excited about this season.”

Derik has also thanked Bolton’s fans for their kindness over the last couple of months on social media.

“I read all the messages from fans on Twitter and on Instagram,” he said. “Their support has been great for me and I want to give something back to them.”