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Interview | Alberto Martín: "Before being footballers, we must be a good group of people"

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29/07/2017 11:45

Alberto Martín speaks about his arrival at Granada CF settling into life in what he believes is a wonderful city. The midfielder is keen to enjoy genuine camaraderie and a family atmosphere in the squad. He also underlined the importance of staying calm and focused in the matches to come this season.

Describe yourself as a player…

“As a player, I make a lot of sacrifices and I’m humble. I always try to help my teammates and I think that’s the best virtue to possess.

Ideal squad…

“Aside from the training sessions and the daily routine, my ideal squad is one that aside from our working obligations, we can go out to eat together, that our families get together. That we can see we’re a good group of people, before we’re footballers. Before being footballers, we must be a good group of people.

Best play…

“For the best play of my life professionally, I’d have to go with the only goal I’ve ever scored. That was two seasons ago in the Second Division against Alavés. It was my first season in the Second Division, with a newly promoted Leganés. It’s always a memory I will treasure.

When you need advice…

“If I need advice I always seek out my family and loved ones. They always want the best for me, like my mother or my girlfriend, people who live through everything with me every day.”

Who are your idols…

“In football and as an idol, I’d have to say Zidane. As a youngster, I always admired his way of looking at football, the way he played and the sacrifices he made at Real Madrid, who I was a fan of. Nowadays as a professional I try not to lean towards any particular colours, but if I had to name one idol, it would have to be him.”

What Granada offered…

“Most of all what Granada offered me was stability, with a contract for two years. As we have all said, a good project too, which is very important because we’re always looking upwards. This is also a delightful club and city, I’m loving the idea of getting to know this city. As I said in my presentation, this is a warm and welcoming city. I’m from Extremadura and I think I’ll really like it here. I also like flamenco, that’s also important here.”

Biggest rivals this season…

“Our biggest rivals could be in the shape of words like ‘anxiety’ or ‘nervousness’. When things like that appear during matches, they’re never positive and could be the biggest difficulty we’ll face.”