What does it feel like to be pitchside at Mestalla?
It’s a bit of a shock. You start to get a little bit anxious and want to be on the pitch. I was at the matches against Atlético and against Getafe here, I saw what the stadium was like and, of course, you feel like you want to just get out there and play.
You know what Valencia means and what Valencia is. It is a club with a great fan base, and when you mention it, it sounds like a big club and all those things that make you vibrate and that have made me play football. We made the decision we wanted and that’s why we are happy here.
You are in Valencia because of your determination to wear this shirt
That’s the way it is. We had the objective of coming to Spain, we wanted to experience playing in this league, and little by little time passed and doors were opening. As soon as the door opened, we started to imagine ourselves here.
And you want the club to return to being the great club that it is because of its history
I don’t need to say that it is a big club. It is something that is already known and it’s something you notice as soon as you come here.
You could have come to La Liga before, why didn’t you go to Atlético when the opportunity was there?
There was no agreement between Atlético and PSG, which was then my club. But, fortunately, I’m here now.
Why didn’t you go to Boca Juniors instead of Valencia?
I was attracted by the idea, no doubt, but my priority was a project in Europe, and specifically in Spain. We were very grateful to Roman Riquelme, but it wasn’t the right time because of the World Cup. In the future, you never know what will happen.