Maxi ‘surprised’ at Celta adaptation

Maxi Gomez has confessed his surprise at how quickly he adapted to life at Celta Vigo and La Primera last season.

Gomez, 21, moved abroad for the first time in his career in May 2017, joining the Galicians from Defensor Sporting in his native Uruguay for €4.3m, and scored a brace on his debut in a 2-3 home loss to Real Sociedad.

Having notched 17 goals in 36 appearances last term, Gomez is hoping to make the 23-man Uruguay squad for the World Cup in Russia, and told of his delight at the season just gone.

“I’m very happy with all the goals I’ve scored, but the truth is that I wasn’t expecting it as various colleagues had told me it isn’t easy to adapt to European football,” admitted Lopez, on arrival in Montevideo to join in training with his country’s national team.

“All the Uruguay forwards are doing very well, so being able to be here and learn things from them is great. Hopefully, I can being among the 23 because that would be a dream.

“I also want to express my gratitude to the directors and technical team at Celta Vigo. I’ve said since I arrived in Spain that they have treated me wonderfully and I hope to carry on scoring more goals in the same way.”

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