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CLAU­DIO Yacob says even fel­low Ar­gen­tine Lionel Messi must dream of play­ing in the Premier League – and in­sists he still has unfinished busi­ness of his own there with Not­ting­ham For­est.

Mid­fielder Yacob spent six years play­ing in the top flight with West Brom, prior to join­ing the Reds as a free agent this sum­mer.

But he hopes his move to the Cham­pi­onship is only a tem­po­rary one, as he still has big am­bi­tions to re­turn to the Premier League with Ai­tor Karanka’s side.

Yacob, 31, says the only rea­son he joined For­est was be­cause he was con­vinced of their de­sire – and abil­ity – to win pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

And, with the Reds sit­ting in a de­cent po­si­tion within the top six, the mid­fielder wants to see them main­tain their mo­men­tum by beat­ing Pre­ston at the City Ground to­day.

“To play in the Premier League in Eng­land is a dream for ev­ery player,” said Yacob. “I do not know Messi but I know he has spo­ken about play­ing in the Premier League one day. That is the dream for any player.

“I used to watch Premier League foot­ball when I was young. In Ar­gentina, the 3pm games here would nor­mally be on at mid­day there.

“I would be eat­ing with my fam­ily and I re­mem­ber al­ways watch­ing games. It was a dream for me to come here to play.

“This is why it was clear to me that the owner and the man­ager re­ally want to go up. That is im­por­tant.

“Be­cause I re­ally want to go to the Premier League again. I do not feel I am fin­ished there yet, I want to get back to play­ing there.”

Yacob says that since join­ing For­est in Septem­ber, he feels that

some­thing spe­cial could be on the hori­zon for For­est.

And he be­lieves that, if they do not achieve their goals this sea­son, it will not be down to lack of de­sire or de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“I can feel, since I have been here, that some­thing has hap­pened a long time ago and the fans are still very hun­gry to get back there and to win some­thing,” he said.

“It does not feel pos­si­ble that this club has not been in the Premier League for so long.

“You have not seen Ger­rard, Rooney or all these play­ers play here, on this pitch.

“But it does not mat­ter what has hap­pened in the past. Now, hope­fully, we can get this for Not­ting­ham For­est.

“I came here for a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge and the chal­lenge was to achieve some­thing good.”

Clau­dio Yacob be­lieves he can be back in the Premier League with For­est

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