The Argentine goalkeeper for Elche, Diego ‘Russo’ Rodríguez, stated this Wednesday, during his official presentation, that for him playing in the Spanish competition represents an important leap in quality in his professional career.
The goalkeeper, 31, affirmed to have already appreciated great differences with Argentine soccer “because here it is more dynamic” and he hoped to adapt little by little to the new competition.
Rodríguez, who has not yet had the opportunity to make his debut in the Spanish competition, indicated that he arrives at Elche with “the best hopes and the greatest expectations” and hoped that the team can aspire to something more than permanence.
“Why not? Dreams are to be fulfilled and with work and sacrifice things can be achieved ”, added the Mar del Plata goalkeeper.
The footballer revealed that he did not hesitate for a moment to accept Elche’s offer because he assured that “every South American player aspires to come to LaLiga” and trusted in being able to help the entity achieve “great things”.
“When I received the call from the coach, I was excited. I already knew what was coming, the project and the style of play. I packed my suitcase to come as soon as possible ”, revealed the goalkeeper.
The Argentine goalkeeper was not intimidated by the level of his teammate Edgar Badía, one of the most outstanding goalkeepers in Primera so far.
“You already know where it comes from. I know the things Edgar has done here, but I have come to do my bit. One will improve the other. With healthy competition, one can learn or copy from the other to improve both, ”he explained.
The Argentine praised Elche’s victory last day against Alavés, as he affirmed that the result does not matter so much “but the form.”
“That is something that marks the identity and makes people identify with the team,” said Rodríguez, who highlighted the human group that Elche has formed in their dressing room.
“We have been here for a few days but it seems like two years. Any soccer player when he feels good on the field is when he is happiest and most excited ”, he concluded.
The club’s sporting director, Nico Rodríguez, recalled that the Argentine goalkeeper has played for important clubs in his country and stressed that he will increase “competition” in goal, in addition to praising his “footwork.”