Yevhen Konoplyanka remains adamant that he made the right decision in joining Sevilla this summer, despite a mixed start to his career in Spain.
Speaking to Ukrainian television, as per AS, the winger covered a number of bases, the Andalucians aside, including how he lost three kilos as a result of the anxiety in choosing his new club and who he felt the best player in the world was.
“I don’t regret coming to Spain,” he began.
“I didn’t receive many offers. Some came from the Premier League and Sevilla and Atletico from Spain, but I kept thinking that Sevilla were right for me.
“I was very anxious when making my choice, to the point that I got nervous and lost three kilos beforehand.
“I loved Sevilla’s insistence on signing me, so I think I made the right decision.
“I moved to Spain nearly three months ago but have practically no free time, not even time to learn the language or hire a teacher.
“I’ve had to do many things, starting with finding a house. All I’m doing now is training and staying quiet.
“I think [Lionel] Messi is the best player in the world, so Barcelona are also the best team [in the world] because they have Leo.”
However, the former Dnipro star was less enthusiastic when quizzed on why he plumped for La Liga over the Premier League and the breakdown of his proposed transfer to Atletico Madrid.
“If I was two-and-a-half metres tall and didn’t know how to control a ball then I may have gone to England, but here [in Spain], the football’s more technical. It’s the best [League in the world],” he added.
“[On Atleti’s interest], they made many promises and asked me to wait, but in the end nothing arrived.”