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Iborra relishing immediate Levante return with Sevilla

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Vicente Iborra was officially presented by Sevilla at a press conference on Tuesday.


At his official presentation before the media on Tuesday, new Sevilla signing Vicente Iborra underlined that he’s happy to have already made his debut, as he wants to play and help the team.

“Like everybody wants, I want to play and I’m available for the manager. Circumstances at the weekend mean I’ve done that already and I’m delighted. Emery knows that I’ve come here to do anything he needs and to help the team.”

Iborra didn’t play the full ninety minutes against Atlético Madrid, having started the game, but he pointed out that though he had a slight knock, it was nothing to be concerned about.

“I had a few little problems, nothing of importance, mainly because of the last few days and sorting out my move to the club, travelling and not resting properly. I’ve a clean bill of health though, there was nothing serious and I’m available to play.”

As fate would have it, the next encounter for Sevilla will see Iborra face an immediate return to his old club, with an away trip at Levante. He was looking forward to the game, underlining that whilst he wishes them the best after the meeting, he will be focused on his work with Sevilla.

“This is how the fixture list has worked out, we meet again soon and it will be something special. I’ve spent most of my life there and they helped me grow as a person, with their values. I start a new era in my life here, but I wish them all the best. From Sunday onwards, I hope they have every success, as right know I’ll be doing my best for Sevilla.”

There has been pessimism about the fortunes of Levante, following a number of summer exits amongst the playing staff and in particular his own. Iborra feels they’ll do fine though and they’ll face a different performance from the team that lost their opening fixture 7-0 at Barcelona.

“A team isn’t just about one player. They will replace those that have left. We’re certain that we won’t encounter the same Levante that lost at the weekend and they’ll have other players. They’ve a good group of players and I’m sure they’ll take things forward.”

Whilst happy to have seen immediate action so soon after his arrival, Iborra suggested that whilst there were a mixture of feelings about the game against Atlético Madrid, he’s positive his new side will pick themselves up quickly.

“It wasn’t easy arriving, then just the two training sessions, without knowing the team mechanisms, followed by the faith from the manager and putting me out there. I’ll be trying to adapt the best way I can and put into practice the things that they’ve explained to me. It felt positive, though the result was negative, but the team went out there to play and at 1-1 there were chances to make it a different game. It wasn’t to be and they took the game, but we have ambition here and the results will come.”

Asked if he had any personal objectives following his more, Iborra simply suggested that he’s just one more player, sharing the ambitions of the team and the club.

“I consider myself a team player. I’ve been at Levante for a long time and the first thing for me now, is that Sevilla have a lot of success. I’ve come to add something extra, to grow and to give the best I can. Sevilla made a great effort to bring me here, so the only thing I can do is prove my worth with hard work and performances out on the pitch.”

Finally, Iborra highlighted that he believes Sevilla are putting a good team together and the fans will enjoy watching their progress.

“I think that the group here is young, hungry and eager to do well. The aim of the manager and ourselves is to play good football, take the initiative and remain hungry. The mixture of youth and experience is good and we’ll enjoy things, because the aim is to be ambitious.”

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