Kily Gonzalez has reminisced today of his time at Valencia and admits that he still gets goosebumps when he visits the Mestalla.
The Argentine winger spent four seasons with Los Che, between 1999 and 2003, and was today back in the city talking to the club’s official website.
“Every time I go past the Mestalla it gives me goosebumps, because there are things I have only experienced here, unique stories, they are so strong and so special,” he enthused.
“One thing that will be forever etched in my heart is when 55,000 people sang ‘happy birthday’ to me, that is something not many people can experience.
“My most special moment was when Valencia won the Primera Liga after 32 years, that was the most beautiful memory, and not to mention the two Champions League finals.
“There were many people at the club who helped me, but I am overcome with the memory of [President Manuel] Llorente, who was one of the people who always believed in me.”
Kily was asked about former teammate Mauricio Pellegrino’s chances as Coach at the club.
“He will do well, he can implement all that he picked up as a player and as experience alongside Rafa Benitez.”
The 38-year-old was also asked of his own time under Benitez, which included a notable touchline dispute as he reacted badly to being substituted in a November 2001 League match.
“It was spontaneous, I wasn’t thinking, but it was hard because it was incredibly disrespectful and in my heart I knew that I had done wrong.”