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Verdú: My intention is to stay here for a long time

by Tom Conn | Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Espanyol midfielder, Joan Verdu has revealed that his intention is to stay at Cornella-El Prat for the forseeable future, despite contract negotiations between the Catalan club and player currently at a standstill.

Verdu recently spoke to the media after Thursday`s morning practice, and while he thought he would be fielding questions about the squad and the upcoming home opener against Real Zaragoza, all anyone wanted to talk about was the midfielder`s contract, which is set to expire at the end of the season.  

“My intention is to stay for a long time. For whatever reason, we have not been able to reach an agreement this summer, but I have a year left, I have a contract and we have spoken and be will speak again.

“I try to play, it does not affect me, I try to work and be competitive as possible.”

However, Verdu acknowledged the difficulty of isolating this issue:

“As time goes on, you begin making decisions, and until they fix it, whether for good or bad, there is something there that won`t be forgotten.

“At some point, we have to reach a conclusion, but I have a year and will keep calm and concentrate on playing.”

With this in mind, the Catalan player stated that the ins and outs of contract negotiations are an issue that concerns only the coaching staff, the sporting director and the board, in addition to his agent:

 “I made it clear that my intention was to continue, but there has been nothing new; neither forward nor backward,”

Regarding the team’s chances this season, the captain has warned that “a club like Espanyol, with this squad as it is now, we are only talking about fighting to avoid relegation and have very little to aspire to.

“What we have to do is reach 40 points as quickly as possible, to ensure survival and, from there, go as far as possible, without giving up anything. Aspire to reach the top, and if we happen to qualify for European competitions, it`s all that much better.”

Yet, the Catalan has admitted that the team should be getting more consistent, starting with the match against Zaragoza, which will be a meeting similar to Mallorca.

“It will not be one of those flashy performances, it will be a tough game, but if we overcome and play our game, we have chances.”

Lastly, about possible signings in attack to overcome the lack of scoring, Verdú stated,

“It is clear that to win games you have to score goals, and we need to add to the team in that regard “.

Espanyol will host Real Zaragoza in their home opener on Saturday, August 25th at 21:00.

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