Ander Capa “I Never Lost Hope Of Returning To Athletic Which Is My Home”
Ander Capa is living a dream. After spending time at Lezama as a child he made his name with Eibar and has since returned to the club that he calls home. So far this season he has featured in both of Athletic’s matches, as a substitute, and is confident that he will have chances to start if he continues to work hard. He recognizes that Oscar De Marcos presents stiff competition, but they want to make each other better.
“I am very happy and happy to return to my home. It was a preseason with a heavy loan and was quite hard, but the season has begun beautifully, which is what we all wanted. I have appeared as a substitute in both games and I think I have done well. The season is long and there are many games ahead of us. I will wait for my moment. When I have my chance, I will try to take it the best way possible and after that the coach will be the one to decide. Competing with Oscar [De Marcos] is demanding because he is a very good player. We both have to wait to earn our position.”
New manager Eduardo Berizzo has introduced a style of play that demands a lot from the fullbacks, which works out well for Capa who is already comfortable in attack. He says that moving to right-back is something he has to thank José Luis Mendilibar for because the Eibar manager moved him there years ago.
“The system requires us to go forward a lot and work from the side. The other day, the second goal was sent in from the right and Yuri was able to finish it. When I arrived at Eibar, Lillo was on the right but he had to have surgery on his knee. There was no one else and Mendi chose to put me there because of my physicality and speed and I was very happy with the change. I had good years with him there which has brought me here. Yuri, Dani García, and I were all there when we went up to the first division and we hope that Eibar will continue there for many years.”
Capa is from the Basque city of Portugalete, the same as Unai Nuñez, and he says that the fans have treated him well since returning to Athletic. While at Eibar he never lost hope that he could return to his boyhood club and is now focused on earning his place in the team moving forward.
“In the dressing room I already have familiar faces around me. Unai Nuñez and I are from the same town. I grew up with his brother, but we have a lot in common now. When I walk through the streets of Portugalete the fans are excited to see me and that makes me happy. I never lost hope of returning to Athletic which is my home.”
In closing, Capa was asked about the contract situation with Alex Remiro, but refused to comment on the issue. He says that it is between the player and the representatives while also acknowledging that being left out of the squad is difficult for any player to go through.
“From what I’ve seen, Alex has been doing well. He’s been encouraged and has trained hard. The negotiation issues are between him and the representatives. The coach wanted us all to be here and we have a big squad. Every game about five players are left out and that is a hard place for him to be.”
After seeing Oscar De Marcos start the first two games of the season there is a chance that Capa could be called upon for next weekend’s clash with Real Madrid. Both players have been seeing time in the starting rotation during training and it will be up to Berizzo to make another difficult decision. Regardless of who is handed the opportunity, Ander Capa will be ready and willing.