Roca ‘inspired’ by Xabi Alonso

Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca has admitted his game is based on the ‘complete’ Xabi Alonso whom he ‘loved to watch play’.

Speaking to La Liga Lowdown, Roca – who joined Espanyol aged 11 and has a long-term deal until 2022 – explained how the former Real Madrid and Spain star was so influential to his career.

The 21-year-old also spoke about why his number 21 shirt at the club is so special and how the Catalan club are shaping up under new Coach Rubi.

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