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MADRID, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Valencia winger Mario Regueiro is keen to make the most of his chances at the Primera Liga club after almost leaving from a lack of first-team football.

'I was desperate for last year to end because it hadn't been a good time for me, and I'd hardly had any opportunities,' Regueiro told the Valencia website.

'I did think about leaving. I spoke with the coach and decided to stay though. Luckily, I have played a couple of games now and scored which for a forward is vital.'

Uruguay international Regueiro joined Valencia from Racing Santander as a free agent in June as one of a number of signings made by new coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

The 27-year-old, who spent most of the season up until December on the fringes of the squad, played in the King's Cup against Villarreal on Jan. 4 and scored a great individual goal.

He followed that up with another quality finish against Osasuna in their 2-0 Primera Liga victory last Saturday. He came on as a substitute for Vicente in that game after the Spain winger sustained an ankle injury that will keep him out for around six weeks.

Regueiro added: 'I don't like to win a place because a colleague is injured, and it doesn't necessarily guarantee me a starting place anyway.

'All that has changed is that I am enjoying myself more playing in a side that could achieve great things in the two competitions they are competing in.'

Valencia are third in the Primera Liga, three points behind Osasuna and 10 behind Barcelona.

They face Deportivo Coruna away in the first leg of their King's Cup quarter-final on Thursday.