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Zubi: “Afellay has Barça DNA”

The sports director of professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta, told the ‘ADN Barça’ show on Barça TV that Ibrahim Afellay is a player he has always been interested in because he’s the ideal player for the FCB style.

Zubizarreta described the player as “young, with a lot of experience, international, who can lose his marker, shoot from long range and play well down the wings.” He went as far as to compare him with Iniesta “because of the way he moves” and also feels his wide game will add width to the team.

Fast integration

2010-11-16_ENTREVISTA_ZUBIZARRETA_ADN-2.JPGIf Afellay does sign for Barça, Zubizarreta believes he’ll settle in reasonably quickly. “He has to learn to play with this team, where there is a high level of competition. We have heard that he has a positive attitude and I think he knows what team he’s coming to and which players he will be fighting with for a team place”. The former Barça goalkeeper also commented that he “wants to close relations with PSV nicely and not in a cold fashion in the summer. That is positive in terms of implication”.

Excellent opportunity

Zubizarreta said that although the club is after the player for what he can do as a footballer, the economic question was also a matter of interest. “It is an excellent opportunity. The sporting and financial prospects that Barça can offer him are good”, he said, adding that he ends his contact in the summer of 2011, when he becomes a free agent. “We always have our eye on players that are coming to the end of their contracts”, said Zubizarreta, adding that the club has been watching him especially carefully for the last two months.

No barriers on youth players
Could Afellay’s arrival be a problem for some of members of the B team? “That has nothing to do with it. We can always use players from Barça B if we need them. But this is a winger, with an excellent middle range shot and great at set pieces”, which is something Zubizarreta does not feel Luis Enrique’s side has to offer.

Keeping things calm

Aside from Afellay, Andoni Zubizarreta also spoke about the controversy over the clásico being switched to Monday. “Playing on Monday gives us time to rest and prepare, but we know it’s not good for people who don’t live in Barcelona … But we’d rather talk about football, and what’s happening on the pitch. We know we are on excellent form. The other talk is not good for us”.

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asdfg
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
IF YOU'RE READING WILL YOU:
1. SMACK DEL BOSQUE FOR CALLING UP XAVI EVEN THO HE HAS TENDINITIS
2. SMACK DANI ALVES FOR BEING A DIVA IN HIS CONTRACT NEGOTIATION
3. SMACK MAZINHO FOR BEING SUCH A STAGEDAD
4. SMACK PEP IF HE'S NOT GOING TO PROMOTE THIAGO
5. SMACK ROSELL FOR EXISTING.

TYVM
wannabeinsicily
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
6. PUSH RAIOLA INTO A FIRE.
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wannabeinsicily
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I LAUGHED FOR 5 MINUTES STRAIGHT WHEN I WAS WATCHING THIS INTERVIEW ON TV!
MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS: OMG MOST APPROPRIATE ICONS EVER!!!!!!! xDDDD
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wannabeinsicily
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
BRB WRITING AN EMAIL TO ELS AMICS DE LES ARTS SO THAT THEY CHANGE THE LYRICS.
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zi_ultimate
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
awesome
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asdfg
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
CULITAS
Post your falafel icons here i have something in my mind.

GO GO GO
wannabeinsicily
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: CULITAS
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ardiramidus
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
this one is my fave. also he looks like my friends bf if he wore a sailor hat.
wannabeinsicily
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
asdfg
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)


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Nov. 17th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
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Nov. 17th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
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asdfg
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
this is actually creepy lmao
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serendip
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Getting ready to set up a falafel stand in Camp Nou, all culitas but politelydecline gettin a discount XD
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asdfg
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I like where this post is going
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