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Sunday, 02 August 2009 18:41

Deportivo’s trust important to Ze Castro

Defender retains strong Seleccao ambitions

Portuguese defender Ze Castro has spoken of his happiness at Deportivo La Coruna, where he says he has found the trust and comfortable surroundings to help him produce his best form.

Ze Castro left Academica for Atletico Madrid in 2006, but struggled to make an impact in the Spanish capital and left for a loan spell with Depor last summer. An impressive campaign at the Riazor Stadium saw the defender’s move made permanent, and the 26-year-old is content with life in Galicia.

“I am grateful to the club. I didn’t want to return to Atletico, I wished to stay here, because people trust me and that’s important for me,” he said. “I am ambitious want to go further than this, but for now what I can say is that I am really content at Deportivo. I need to be motivated and that’s easy here.

“It’s true that Atletico is a club with more ambitious goals; I left very good friends on there and I liked it, but it’s over. Maybe I could and should have done a bit better. It’s also true that it’s tough to arrive as I did at Atletico from a minor club in Portugal. It’s different if you arrive with a well-known name, because you have a bigger margin of error.

“It shouldn’t happen, but football is like this. We all have pride, and there are times that it is most important that the people trust in you. If in the past year (at Deportivo) I had a good season and ended in the national team, then it’s something for which I must thank to the club and my team-mates.”

Speaking about his ambitions for the upcoming campaign, during which Depor will hope to build on an impressive 7th place finish last year, Ze Castro has once again stressed that progress on the international front is a large part of his focus in 2009/10.

“I want to be at the same level as last season. In my opinion, I had a solid campaign and I always try to get better because I will always have some aspects to improve. In a defensive sense, I think we were pretty good during the past year. I think we were the fourth best defence in terms of goals allowed, something that’s impressive in Spain, and that’s also a product of the collective work.

“In a personal sense, the other goal that I have is to go back to the national team. After the first time, I think I have the skills for it.”

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By Sean Gillen

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