Dani Pacheco urged Daniel Ayala Norwich City move

Daniel Ayala
Ayala's last Premier League appearance came in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea in May 2010

Norwich City defender Daniel Ayala has said former Canaries loanee Dani Pacheco convinced him to make the move to Carrow Road.

The Spanish pair played together at Liverpool until Ayala, 20, signed a four-year deal with Norwich last week.

"I spoke with him a few days ago before I signed here. He said really good things about this club and that's why I came here," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I have to play first team football which is why I came to Norwich."

Despite his short time training with his new team-mates, Ayala has seen enough to believe the Canaries can retain their top flight status.

"I think it's a big challenge but Norwich have the quality to stay in the Premier League this season," he said.

"Every team you go to you have to fight for your place, so I'm happy to have competition.

"Hopefully I can get into the first 11 to face Stoke on Sunday."

Ayala was taken to Anfield four years ago by countryman and then Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

He was limited to five Reds appearances and last season had to take on loan moves to Hull and Derby to find first-team football.

"When Rafa left it was really difficult, that's why I went out on loan, to get some minutes," he added.

"And that's why I came here, to play first-team football.

"I was trying to play but maybe the manager didn't think I was ready or good enough, but I am confident and I need to prove everyone wrong."