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.”