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Name Iago Aspas
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc After much haggling with Celta Vigo over an appropriate fee, Iago Aspas arrived in Anfield for £7.5 million in 2013– joining the Reds strike force of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling (SSS). To be fair, it was always a tall order to ask the young Spanish striker to displace the established Pool’s SSS attacking trio. But Aspas did himself no favours; in the title-deciding 0-2 home defeat to Chelsea, he delivered a short corner straight to Willian after being introduced as a late sub. He left Liverpool for Sevilla in 2014 having contributed just one goal in his fifteen appearances.

Affiliation

Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Sevilla FC
  Liverpool FC
  Celta Vigo

2017 05 Retrieve

[Aspas told of that now infamous outing against the Blues – which would prove to be his last for the Reds – and why it still follows him around like a bad smell] I suppose it’s because it was my last game and we lost. It was a great season for Liverpool – one of their best – although I would have liked to have played a bigger part and that corner is the final memory, so it’s their lasting image of me. But in football you can’t forever live in the past. Things keep moving, every day gives you another chance

Liverpool caught me more off guard, younger, it was the first time I left home

2018 05 12 Retrieve

[Iago Aspas is being mooted as a potential successor to Antoine Griezmann if Atletico Madrid part with their star striker] It’s flattering to be linked with other teams but I’m focussing on getting some minutes and going to the World Cup. [Aspas added on the €40m price tag which has been placed around his shoulders] I don’t know. It seems like a lot of money to me. I’ve always said that I feel at home at Celta and I signed a new deal last year. That said, you never know what will happen in the future.

[Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will have his backing in Kiev, with Aspas still holding fond memories of his time at Anfield despite enduring a testing time on Merseyside] I had a really good season at Liverpool. I didn’t play much but we were close to winning the Premier League. On the other hand, Real Madrid are a Spanish team. I don’t know who I’ll root for, maybe Liverpool because of my past there, even though I’ve got friends at Real Madrid

2018 09 21 Retrieve

[Aspas happy to have seen Real & Atletico Madrid interest shunned] I personally did not call another team. It is true that several got in touch with my brother and my agent. I have always been honest, anyone interested had to come to an agreement with Celta first and then we would see if it interested me later. There were important teams, interest from Real Madrid and Atletico came out in the press and I imagine it was true. The club did not say anything to me. I suppose there were talks and nothing went any further

I have always seen myself at Celta for as many years as possible. That is why I signed a contract extension. I hope to speak with the club in the future and to continue for as many years as possible

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Iago Aspas says Real Madrid must first contact Celta Vigo if they wish to sign him] Iago Aspas is very quiet in Celta, I have many years left on my contract, and if they want me first they have to agree with the club. After that I cannot do anything

[Real sacked Julen Lopetegui after a terrible start to the season] They have good players. It’s true that sometimes they did not play well, they changed their game model from last year, and they have not had time. But so many defeats are hard, and more so in Madrid. They also had the loss of Cristiano. He gave them 40 or 50 goals, every year. Before you had a bad game and he solved it. It is impossible not to notice it.

2019 04 12 Retrieve

[Pogba or Kante for Real Madrid? La Liga rival Aspas advises Blancos to sign neither] I would sign Hazard because he’d be more affordable than Kylian Mbappe. Pogba or [N’Golo] Kante? Neither. They’re not Real Madrid players. I like the midfield, which is now at its best. They have Dani Ceballos, who’s an international but hasn’t had continuity and, for example, I like Thiago Alcantara more than Pogba and Kante

I’m very comfortable and at home. Right now, I can’t see myself wearing a shirt that’s not Celta. I’ve not thought about whether or not I would play in the Segunda because I don’t think we’re going down. I would discuss it with the club, but I’m not thinking about it