Koke gearing up for big season

The midfielder discusses the upcoming season & why he'll fight for a starting XI place

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Koke at Wednesday's press conference

With the start of the 2012/13 La Liga season just around the corner, young Atlético midfielder Koke is getting ready for an “important” campaign.

The 20-year-old canterano enjoyed more regular senior football last season, making 40 appearances as los Rojiblancos claimed the 2012 Europa League title and finished fifth in La Liga.

Koke was well aware that versatility is the key to winning a spot in the team.

“I have to adapt to play wherever the coach puts me and try to help the team any way I can,” he said at a press conference after a recent training session.

The sale of fellow cantera product Alvaro Dominguez to Borussia Mönchengladbach was perhaps a wake up call for Koke, who indicated he will work hard to stay at the club.

“It is an important year for me because I’ll be looking to make an impact and I will try to do everything possible to stay here,” he said.

Atleti fans could be forgiven for thinking past the season opener against Levante to the Super Cup clash with Chelsea; this, however, isn’t the case with Koke.

“Winning the Super Cup is a dream, but first we have the game against Levante; then  Athletic, and we have to go game-by-game, that’s what the coach tells us to do.”

  • starvs

    his emergence is a needed key for this team if we want to make third, he needs to shoulder some of the loss from Diego

  • Sam

    After this season, I predict Koke will be a regular national team consideration.

  • Ursa Major

    After this season, I predict that the rain will fall. And that Koke will be a sub on the national team.

  • Ringo

    After this season, I predict that Koke will become the new God.

  • Ringo

    Plus first pick national team member, duh.

  • Shlomgar

    You’re all just a bit crazy aren’t ya? Na. Just kidding. Love you guys.

    Guess nothing wrong about him wanting to be an all around player. But I think there are aspects in his game, like creativity, speed or maybe long kick, that he still needs to work on, in order to get National recognition. I mean just look at his age group, there is a lot of competition there for midfield.