Maxi Gomez Comments on His Move to Valencia
Maxi Gomez had a lot of critics going against him since his departure from Celta Vigo to Valencia. He was happy with his decision to move last summer and did not regret it at all. It was a bold move that would later turn out to be a big factor in his career.
Gomez spoke about how he was able to be a great player right before he went to Spain and played at La Liga. He was just a 20-year-old kid who had no idea how different football was in Spain compared to his native Uruguay.
‘Well, the truth is I never expected it. I think it's very hard for a player from Uruguay to come and play football in Spain. I think that Uruguayan football is a lot different to Spanish football’, said Gomez. ‘And, well, when I had the chance to come to Celta, I was very grateful to Celta because they were the ones who opened the doors for me. I was very happy and thank God everything worked out and I was able to come here’.
He contemplated back on the day where he was called by Celta and was asked to join the team. It was a great decision that allowed him later to become an improved player at his own right.
‘It was the last match we played with Defensor Sporting away to Fenix. There was already talk about Celta on social media, but I was focused on the match, which was like a cup final for us’, said Gomez. ‘And thank God we managed to win it and for Defensor Sporting to come out champions, which is no mean feat because the big teams are Nacional and Peñarol, but thank God everything worked out well. After the game, I had a meeting with a Celta director, Felipe Miñambres, and thank God everything worked out with Celta and the truth is I'm very happy’.
He thrived at Celta, and he worked out pretty well and turned out to be one of the best players in that time. He managed to score a lot of goals thanks to his crafty teammates who always fed him with a great assist. He would then move on and transfer to Valencia, much to the chagrin of the fans at Celta Vigo.
‘It's something special coming to a club as big as Valencia. With the fans, with the people, with the squad and with the atmosphere here, there's nothing like it and for my part I'll try to give my all for the group. That's the main thing’, said Gomez. ‘To be able to score lots of goals, to compete, to have that fighting spirit we Uruguayans have and show it out on the pitch, give my all and use all my strength and to be able to score lots of goals’.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores