Raúl García “I Am Very Happy Here And I’m Not Thinking About Retirement”
Raúl García is enjoying one of the best runs of form he’s been in since joining Athletic Club. The midfielder has scored three goals in his last four games and has helped the team earn important points. He recently spoke with Onda Vasca where he admitted that he is happy that his hard work is paying off.
“I am in a very happy moment. I am aware that all I have achieved has been because of the daily work and not for being different that anyone else. I have been working for this for many years and the experience will make some people pay attention to me, but I do my best so that I can also demand the same from others.”
Rulo, as he is affectionately called by the Athletic fans, will turn 33 in July. He’s already had a fantastic career, but he isn’t done yet. He explained that he wants to continue playing at Athletic for several more years. Whenever he does eventually retire he wants to be able to say that he did everything he could.
“I have never sought to be the focus of attention and in the future, when I return, I want to say that I did everything that was in my hands. That’s my goal. I would like to be here for many years. I am very happy and I am not thinking about retirement. I am a shy person and I try to be as cordial as possible, but that has nothing to do with what happens on the field. There is a line you can’t cross, but what I want is to win. I also like to talk with the referees; I don’t get on badly with them.”
There has been a lot of talk about García’s role in the team with Iker Muniain playing so well in a central role. However, when asked about it the 32-year-old vehemently stated that the two can play together. The team has to adapt, but Rulo believes he and Muniain have proven that there is no problem when they share the pitch.
“We have played many games together. When the coach decides that we can play together because the game requires it, he and I and the rest of the players have to adapt and give our maximum effort. There is no debate. Iker and I can play together and we’ve shown that.”
Looking at the state of Athletic, Raúl García was quick to praise the improvements under Gaizka Garitano. He says that the manager has brought out the very best in the squad, while also making it clear that there is a lot of season left. The Lions will continue to take it one game at a time.
“We have all taken a step forward. The level of the group, the level of the locker room, also the fans, we have all taken a step forward. The coach we have now has ideas and a style that fits more with our game and it gets the most out of us. It is gratifying to be getting such good results, but this is day by day and there is still a lot to do. This club has a lot of merit because it is different than anyone else. The club’s philosophy can’t be doubted.”
Although Athletic struggled under Eduardo Berizzo, García had high words of praise for his former manager. The midfielder admitted that his style of football didn’t work at the San Mamés, but that there is no reason to value one way of playing over any other. It’s all about finding the right fit and taking advantage of a team’s strengths.
“Playing well or badly is a discussion to have in the bars. What matters is getting the most out of what you have. You have to be respectful with all of the different ways of playing, as well as having control in both areas and being decisive. I respect those who want to have possession the same as those who bet on counter attacking. Eduardo and his coaching staff is one of the best I’ve had in my entire career. He does things in a spectacular way and always tries to see the positive side of everything. His way of playing didn’t go well here, but that doesn’t mean he and his staff were not very professional. You can’t throw anything in their faces.”
García signed a contract renewal over the summer that will run through 2020. He may be close to turning 33, but the former Osasuna product has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. He’s very happy with life at Athletic Club and wants to do everything he can to help the team be successful.