Kenan Kodro “Everything Depends On What I Can Give And My Work”
Kenan Kodro made the most of his opportunity on Sunday when he replaced injured Raúl García at halftime. Playing against his former club, Kodro scored the winning goal al El Sadar in the final minutes of the match. It was a special moment for the 26-year-old who joined Athletic during the January transfer window and hopes to have more opportunities moving forward.
“I was happy for the team’s victory and for myself personally,” Kodro said in an interview with Radio Marca. “I hadn’t been counted on much in the last few games. Maybe some players would have been surprised by the change at halftime, but I was very prepared because I had trained so much.”
Replacing García during Sunday’s match was a natural change for Kodro. García has spent the last four games in the striker position and, when asked about it, Kodro explained that the move has been what the team needed to take a step forward.
“The coach always looks for what’s best for the team to grow. Raúl adapts very well to any position. He is a reference and a player who always needs to be on the field. He’s a great friend as well. Then there’s Aduriz. Training with either of them opens your eyes and you learn many things.”
The move to Athletic has been great for Kodro. Although the striker hasn’t been a regular face in the lineup, he’s very happy with life in Bilbao and is determined to earn a more important role at San Mamés.
“Life can change every day. You never know when something can happen, be it good or bad, but in my case it turned out to be very good. This year in Bilbao the balance has been very positive. I’m home. I’m where I wanted to be. Now everything depends on what I can give and my work. Everything is very positive and the communication with the team is wonderful.”
Playing at El Sadar last weekend was a special moment for Kodro as he returned to Pamplona where he spent three years as an Osasuna player. Looking back on his career, Kodro explained that Osasuna gave him the chance to succeed after not making it at Real Sociedad and today he’s proud to be at Athletic.
“I’ve always been at ease in Pamplona, I already said that the other day. Osasuna is a club that I appreciate because they gave me everything. It wasn’t to be at Real, although those years were very beautiful as well. The generation that was there at the first team was very good players and it’s not that they didn’t trust the academy, they trusted it very much, but there wasn’t room. I decided to leave and Osasuna had confidence in me. At first it was difficult to adapt but I was better each year and the team earned promotion.”
With Aritz Aduriz still injured there’s a chance that Kodro could once again be called up for Athletic’s match against Granada on Sunday. The striker admitted that it will be a difficult game for the Zurigorri but that playing at San Mamés always gives the team a boost when they need it the most.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game because they are doing things very well. They can hurt you with the ball and have had good results, but we are playing at home and we have to take advantage. Our streak is very positive and we have to keep it going. The dynamics of the team have been very good at San Mamés because the fans give us wings. This team has to aspire for the biggest goals.”
In closing, Kodro was asked whether or not he thinks he will be able to earn his place in the Bosnian National Team for EURO 2020. “I haven’t been in the last three calls and you have to work hard to get into the squad,” he responded. “I would be a dream to return to the National Team and play in San Mamés against the Spanish team.” More positive performances could give Kenan Kodro the chance to compete this summer, but for now the only thing he’s focused on is preparing for Sunday’s match against Granada.