Peru Nolaskoain “To Get What You Want You Have To Work Hard”
Peru Nolaskoain has been one of the biggest stories surround Athletic Club so far this season. After being promoted to the first team over the summer the 19-year-old was moved from midfield to center-back where he quickly began to flourish. He’s started both league games so far this season and has played well, scoring a goal in his debut against Leganés. On Friday he took the time to speak to the media and made it clear that he is focused on working hard and continuing to improve.
“At first I was surprised to play center-back, but I am here for what the coach needs and to help the team. Playing in the San Mamés is beautiful. It gives you a strong impression at the beginning and then you get used to it. It was the dream debut to score a goal, but now it’s time to continue. Everything has gone very fast. I’m not here to complain, I’m on a cloud and right now I have to keep my feet on the ground and not relax. I come from a family of workers, in Zumaia, so I know what it costs. To get what you want you have to work hard.”
Looking ahead to the next match, which will see the Lions host Real Madrid, Nolaskoain said that he is ready for the game and will look to stop the attackers just like any other opponent. Every day he is learning from the other defenders in the team in hopes of getting better and says that will each passing game he’s feeling more comfortable in his new position.
“This is one of those games that you always want to play in, against one of the best teams in the world and eager to earn points at home. Bale and Benzema are idols, but I will try to stop them like everyone else. I think, for me, what has stood out is my aerial game. I think I’m doing well, not because of quality, but because of hard work. I’m trying to learn from the other defenders in the team and I want to improve as a defender in every aspect. I’m good with the ball because I used to play in midfield, so that helps. With every game I am more comfortable at the back. For me, Yeray is a reference point. He is very good defensively, like Nuñez and Iñigo [Martinez] and we are all improving. It is easy to play here because everyone is from here and are friends.”
It has been a summer of changes and learning for Nolaskoain who has handled everything in an impressive manner. At just 19 years old he’s already showing signs that he could become a key player for Athletic and he’s committed to constantly improving his game. Facing Real Madrid next weekend will be a new challenge for the Lezama graduate who seems up for the challenge.