Dominguez: Players not valued in Spain

Alvaro Dominguez feels Spanish players are valued more by clubs from abroad than from within their own country.

Defender Dominguez has just completed an €8m move from Atletico Madrid to Borussia Monchengladbach and, speaking at a Press conference after training with Luis Milla’s pre-Olympic squad at Las Rozas, he ventured the opinion that it is more difficult for Spanish players to succeed at home.

“Every day players are looking for opportunities to play abroad,” he declared.

“There are other big leagues such as the Bundesliga or Premier League where they play good football and fortunately they want to sign Spanish players.

“Perhaps at other clubs you are valued more than at your own.”

The Madrid-born player said he was looking forward to the Olympics and cannot wait for the competition to start.

“The sooner the matches come around the better. We’ve had a busy week and the next game on Friday against Senegal will tell us our physical and mental strength.”

Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose has been forced to leave the squad due to contracting the chickenpox virus, but Dominguez insisted it is not a concern for the rest of the players.

“Every one of us has called our parents to ask if we have had it in the past and I think we all have, so there is no problem.”

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