“I was holidaying in Greece and I got the call. Sporting wanted me and they wanted me quick. So I flew there the next day, with Bianca. My parents were there, from Holland, and it was like a roller coaster. Stadium, medical, more talks and then they left us in a skybox and we had to decide. My dad said: you only get one or two of these opportunities… So we did it. There were a lot of doubters, mainly because the Portuguese competition has the reputation of being mean, but that is truly exaggerated. The top half of the league here play really technical football. Pass and move, high paced. It’s a founded on resilience and tenacity though, but it’s only amongst the weaker teams that you find some butchers at the back. But hey…you gotta find ways to protect yourself. I move constantly. Constantly looking for space. I weighed 70 kilos in Holland, here I am 75 kilos. I gained muscle and strength and I feel fit and in form. The pressure from these tough defenders has made me stronger.”
The former Vitesse strikers continues. “You know a huge difference with Holland….? In Holland, they say “you play like you practice…” Hence my coaches at Utrecht being livid if I tried something flash. Here, they hardly train. It’s all focused on being in the zone on matchday. I love it! We practice an hour a day. Stretching, a bit of fooling around. A bit of tactical stuff. Done! And before the matchday, it’s massages and all that. Hours long! Lovely, haha. I hate practice and everyone here does.”, Wolfswinkel, numa entrevista a este blogue (podem ler toda, se quiserem).
Enquanto espero ouvir dizer que o rapaz não disse (ou não quis dizer) isto e que tudo não passou de má interpretação do jornalista, não posso deixar de sentir-me angustiado e revoltado.