Iago Aspas is relishing Sevilla’s visit of Celta Vigo on Saturday. “I’ve been thinking about this match since the fixture list was released.”
The forward emerged from the Galicians’ youth system before establishing himself as a key player for the senior team between 2008 and 2013 and in turn joining Liverpool last year.
Aspas has since returned to Spanish football with the Europa League holders, and despite not playing much this term, he is nonetheless excited at the prospect of facing his former club.
“I received many messages from friends and family because I’ve been thinking about this match, which for me is very special, since the fixture list was released,” he said at a Press conference.
“I always want to play, but even more so against Celta because of how much they mean to me.
“They come from a bad run and have been punished for their injuries, but they’re a very difficult team, especially away from home, because they don’t let you have the ball.
“I knew it’d be difficult to play when I got here, but I will not relent in my efforts to exploit an opening in the first team.
“I think I’ve played well when I’ve been given a chance, but the competition is very high at this great club and it's not easy.
“Furthermore, I hope we qualify for European competition again in 2015 as it’s very important for the club.
“The first day was a little tough after eight days with the family, but we've all come good since then and showed willingness to prepare for Saturday's game.
“We’ve taken longer to prepare for the next match than our rivals, and that may bode well for us in the future.”