Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon was today quick to jump to the defence of former club Real Madrid, during a press conference whilst on international duty.
Spanish stopper Reguilon of course made the move to north London during the summer.
On the back of a stellar campaign on loan with Sevilla, the 23-year-old was named as a target for a whole host of European clubs.
This came with both Ferland Mendy and Marcelo remaining at the disposal of Zinedine Zidane, making a route to consistent first-team football at the Bernabeu a difficult one.
Spurs, in turn, were more than happy to take advantage of the situation, with Jose Mourinho’s men having since reaped the benefits.
Reguilon has slotted seamlessly into the Lilywhites’ backline, adding a new element of attacking vigour to the club’s ranks on the left flank.
Along with fellow summer additions Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Matt Doherty, the Spaniard has proven central to guiding Tottenham to 2nd-spot in the Premier League table.
Elsewhere, the capital outfit currently sit top of their Europa League group (albeit only by goal difference), and booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the League Cup at the expense of London rivals Chelsea.
‘Oh shut up’
As such, it is fair to say that, all told, Reguilon has enjoyed a positive start to life in England.
Things at former club Real Madrid, however, have not proven quite so rosy over the early weeks of the campaign.
The Spanish champions currently sit 4th in the La Liga table, with their heavy defeat at Valencia over the weekend having come as Los Blancos’ 2nd in the club’s last 4 league outings.
On the European stage, meanwhile, where Zinedine Zidane’s men have so long thrived, Real have notched just one win from their opening 3 Champions League fixtures.
As a result, the possibility that his former club could potentially slip out of Europe’s premiere club competition at the group stage, to join the Europa League’s knockout round, was today lightheartedly put to Reguilon.
The stopper, though, was having none of it, backing Zidane and co. to ‘fix’ their recent issues, and book their spot in the last-16 of the Champions League:
‘Facing Madrid in Europa League? Oh shut up man, shut up – that would be a very bad sign. Madrid is going to move on, they will fix what is happening in the Champions League.’
Another interesting takeaway from Reguilon’s press conference was the 23-year-old’s take on Gareth Bale’s current mindset.
Welsh international Bale of course joined his ex-Blancos teammate in north London during the summer, and Reguilon feels that the Spurs icon is now both ‘happier’ and more ‘comfortable’ than he was whilst in Spain:
‘Bale sometimes even acts as a translator for some specific things. He is much more comfortable speaking English with all his colleagues, it shows a lot. I see him happier, comfortable in a team.’
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|10||Manchester City FC||7||1||12|
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|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||8|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||7|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||7|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||6|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||6|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||5|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||5|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||5|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||4|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||4|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||4|
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|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||4|
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|Adams, Che||Southampton FC||3|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||3|
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|Egan, John||Sheffield United FC||1||2|
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|Lewis, Jamal||Newcastle United FC||0||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||0||2|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||0||2|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||0||2|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||0||2|
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