Simao never considered Espanyol exit

Simao Sabrosa has reflected today that he did not consider leaving Espanyol this summer, nor did the club try and sell him.

The Portuguese winger signed for the Catalans last summer, but struggled in his first year for as much football as previously expected, leading to rumours that he would leave in the summer window.

However, on from staying with the club, the 33-year-old has reaffirmed his happiness at Cornella-El Prat.

“Nobody at the club spoke with me about the possibility of me leaving,” Simao told reporters today.

“I did not see myself leaving in the summer. I came to Espanyol with the intention of contributing and to improve every day.

“[Javier Aguirre] has been critical for me, but also for the club. With him we began to pick up points last season, he came in and did a very good job.

“He spoke face to face with all the players and told each one what he wanted.

“This year I have done preseason, not like before. I am comfortable and I feel good physically and luckily the team has started the season well.

“We must keep to this path for the season. We have a very good squad, with people who are enthusiastic, and I am optimistic.”

Simao was asked then if he would be looking to renew his contract with the club ahead of its expiry next summer.

“It is too early to talk about these issues. It would be wrong for the team to set objectives for six months away and it would be a mistake to do the same in personal matters.”

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