Saturday, March 13, 2021

Rodrigo Moreno: Six years of good and bad at Valencia CF

Rodrigo Moreno who left Valencia CF last season for Leeds in the Premier league gave an interview with AS in which he referenced his time here at Valencia CF.

He told AS: "I had been with Valencia for a long time; three summers in which it seemed that I was leaving and then I was staying. The time had come to close a six-year stage, which I describe as very positive. And in that context appeared Leeds, the Premier… and the challenge of working with a coach like Marcelo Bielsa. That caught me a lot.

"The Premier is very attractive for its sporting and economic potential. Also, Leeds is a landmark. In terms of structure and infrastructure, it is an elite club at the level of others in which I have been (Benfica or Valencia). In addition to what I was telling you, my decision was influenced by the project they presented to me. Leeds approached the promotion like a new cycle.

"They were six very intense years in Valencia. For me and for all of us who live them. We had very good years and very bad years. I think I had nine coaches, six sports directors, three presidents… I needed to change and the club also wanted to enter a new stage. Many of us left that we had been there for a long time… and that's how it all happened.

"I needed a change of airs, in Valencia it was six very intense years, and the Leeds appeared; with a project, with the Premier, with Bielsa..."

But you will know how Marcellin is doing in Bilbao...

"Of course I do. I recognize that since Marce's been at Athletic... I've been at least more aware of their results. And I've seen some matches, like the Super Cup victory... I'm infinitely happy for him and his technical staff. I hope they do great in both Cup finals.

And how do you feel when you see Valencia fight to get away from the descent?

"It's a complicated season. I've been there for years and in similar situations. The club is in a complicated situation, a lot of instability. I hope the season ends in the best possible way, because I have many friends and a lot of affection for the club and its fond."