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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:58

Ricardo Costa ready to get started at Valencia

Defender speaks on World Cup red card

Portuguese international Ricardo Costa was presented at the Mestalla as a Valencia player last night, and said he is keen to get to work with his new club.

Costa signed a four-year contract with the Spanish outfit after spending the second half of last season with French club Lille. Having left Wolfsburg by mutual consent in January, it was always expected that Valencia would be Costa’s long-term destiny after a brief spell in France, and the defender is now ready to get to work in La Liga.

“I want to thank the president and the technical director for signing me,” the former Porto man said at his unveiling. “Now I want to start playing. I have a feeling I am joining a great team and I really want to get started.

“I will work hard. I have given everything for every team I have played for and have been rewarded by winning some major titles. I am a professional and I love playing football. This is a great club and a great city, which I feel is mine now.”

Costa arrives in Spanish football with his sending off in the closing minutes of Portugal’s World Cup clash with Spain fresh in the memory of those in his new home country. The defender insists his tussle with Joan Capdevilla should not alter the expectations people have of him, and neither should his showings in an unfamiliar right-back position.

“You cannot judge a player’s career on one match. It’s understandable that people look at the last minute and the red card, but I was just trying to help Portugal, I think he (Capdevilla) could have conducted himself better.

“At the World Cup, Queiroz told me that my job was to stop Robinho and Villa, but it is not my natural position to play on the right side. I was not entirely comfortable, but I will always do it for my team.”

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (2)
alot more than 2
2 Wednesday, 07 July 2010 03:57
Queiroz played alot more people than that in uncomfortable positions. It showed.
In 2006 Portugal was voted the most interesting team to watch. Now in 2010, with a new coach, they were voted least interesting. Hmmm. What changed really? Deco said it, Ronaldo said it, Danny said it, Costa's saying it, who knows who else wants too but hasn't come out of the woodwork.
1 Tuesday, 06 July 2010 14:46
Second time a player has said Queiroz played them in a position they were uncomfortable playing...

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