David Simon believes Dépor need “a lot of work, union and sacrifice”

31/07/2018 14:22

David Simon Rodriguez Santana (Las Palmas, 16 December 1988) who has signed for Real Club Deportivo for the next two seasons gave his first press conference in Abegondo this morning.

Accompanied by Carmelo del Pozo (Sporting Director), he posed with the Deportivo shirt in Abegondo’s main pitch.

In the press room Carmelo first thanked him for joining the Club: “These days were a little complicated. Personally, he has shown me he is keen and professional given his situation. He was dismissed from Las Palmas, and even then, without having anything final, his commitment was significant, and we appreciate that. He had other offers on the table that were economically better. He understood the project was very good and that’s worth mentioning and thanking him. Just thank you for everything.”

The new Deportivista full-back then went on to respond the journalists’ questions.

He first explained his decision to come to Dépor: “Deportivo is a big team, a historic team. Lots of players from the Canary Islands that played here told me it went really well for them here. And after talking to Carmelo, since he asked me if I wanted to come here, my first option was Dépor.”

He explained he is beginning to feel relaxed with his teammates, “I’ve walked around the city a bit, I like it a lot. I will adapt quickly.”

Asked about another Canary right-back, Manuel Pablo, a legendary defender for the Branquiazuis, David Simon stated, “he was an icon for me in this position because he is from the Canaries, and for everything he achieved. I will work a lot, and above all, enjoy being here, in a great ground, with great facilities and a great city.”

Along these lines, he revealed he has not been able to speak to Manuel Pablo since he has arrived, although he is “very eager to see him. But I have spoken to Ruben Comendez, who I coincided with in Vecindario. I’ve spoken to Valeron, Aythami, with Momo when he was there. All of them have said really good things about here.”

He confessed he decided to leave Las Palmas because he “needed a change right away. I informed Las Palmas when the season finished. They wanted to count on me, but I have always been a professional there, I’ve never caused problems and the chairman understood that. My commitment and professionalism got us to reach an agreement.”

As a player, he pointed out that “the full-backs are going to have more freedom with the system we’re going to play with. I would say I give 100% and 100% for the team. Then, things can turn out well or bad. If everything turns out well, both the fans and the team can enjoy this year.”

Regarding his last season in Las Palmas, David Simon emphasized, “I didn’t play as much as I wanted to last year because it was a bad year. The team had relegated, everything was a little crazy. Many things can happen when things go badly. I worked a lot. I deserved more opportunities there and I’ve come to find them here.”

He warned that to achieve promotion this season “we have to work a lot, every day, from Sunday to Sunday. Everything is a result of work, effort; and for me, enjoying it is important, for all of us to be together and united, players, Club and fans.”

With a few days for Second Division to begin and with many former Primera players, David Simon highlighted that “Segunda is always very tough, very long, very competitive. It’s true that if you take a look, there are many historic teams this year, many teams that are looking to get promoted. We have to be very regular and we have to be one of the candidates, but with a lot of work, union and sacrifice.”

The Branquiazul defender sees the 3 recently relegated teams as favourites (Deportivo, Las Palmas and Malaga): “They are the candidates. But this is really long. Being regular and doing things step by step is what’s most important.”

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