I don’t want to leave Tigres.- Zelarayán

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, December. 19th– Both personally and professionally, Lucas Zelarayán is experiencing one of the best moments in his life right now, so he made it quite clear that he doesn’t want to leave the UANL Tigres.

During the press conference, the midfielder was optimistic about his recovery from the injury that prevented him from finishing the Apertura 2018 Tournament.

“I’ve heard, read a lot. There are many suppositions and my name’s often heard. What’s most upsetting is when they say that I want to go or I want to leave or I want playing time, even when I was lucky enough to play as a starter in every match during this tournament until I was injured, these are things that have been said without knowing anything about it.

“The only thing I want to say is that I am very contented here at Tigres. I think I’m very happy at the moment, in my private life as well, with my family. It’s one of the best moments in my life and I’m experiencing it at this club that I have truly come to be very fond of. So, I’m just fine here and I want to make it quite clear that I’m looking forward to the start of the tournament and to having a good year with Tigres.”

About the injury he sustained in the last third of the tournament, he commented that he feels much better and is nearly ready to rejoin the group.

“It’s much better now. I joined the group yesterday, but I’m still working with the Profe to get back in shape physically and, God willing, by the end of this week I’ll be completely ready and very happy to get back to work.

“The injury was a particularly hard blow for me, because I had been doing well. It was very upsetting, but I always focused on recovering. At one point, I felt very frustrated, and I didn’t look after the injury properly, which is why I think it took me a bit longer to recover. However, that’s all over now. I’m much better and will join in with the others by the end of this week,” he said.

Would it be unfair not to continue as a starter after your injury?

“Well, it wouldn’t be unfair, because it was me who was injured, and another teammate had the chance to play. In this squad, as I have always said, you have to be on top form and those who do play have to try to do their best in this first-rate squad.

“One goes out and another comes in, and you can’t say that the one who left plays better than the other one. That’s something this team has. The coaching staff and training sessions are very demanding. I have to push myself and try to get back my place on the team and wherever I play, try to contribute to the group and that’s what I want to do.”

Is the team confident that they will have a better tournament with a pre-season, something that they hadn’t had for while since they were always in the Finals?

“Over the past few years, we had been champions in December, which shortened our preparation time for the following tournament. But, this time, our preparation period has been longer, which I think will benefit us and I hope we’ll have a good start to the tournament. We’re eager to come back this year after two difficult eliminations in Quarter Finals. We want more, to be a team that fights to the very end again, and that’s what we’re preparing for mentally right now. We’re pushing ourselves to the limit and hopefully we’ll get off to a better start.”

Have you renewed your contract with Tigres or what is its status?

“There’s still another year to go with my contract, which ends in December 2019”.

But, have you sat down to discuss your renewal?

“Discussions are always ongoing, but since there’s a year left, we haven’t sat down to define this matter. However, I’ve always shown how happy I am with the Club, I feel fine here and all I’m concentrating on is playing and performing well for the team.”

Bad luck about the injury…

“I think that I was the one who felt most comfortable in this tournament. There’s always a period of adaptation to a team, to the game, to what the team and coaches demand. I think it’s a shame I had the bad luck to be injured, but I was feeling on top form and think I’d been doing well showing what I could contribute to Tigres. However, I’m set on getting back to how I was at the start of the tournament, before this injury, and obviously we all want to prove what we can do and hopefully I’ll be able to achieve this next year.”

There used to be a wide difference over the rest of the teams, but this didn’t happen in 2018…

“I think that América, Cruz Azul and several teams have been well reinforced. I don’t know it there was a wide difference. I think we’re doing things very well and football is every day, every tournament. You win, you lose, and we’d had the fortune to be champions several years running.

“This year we won the champions of champions, the Champions Cup in Toronto. We’re always fighting for the top spots, but things have become more evenly matched. Other teams are doing well, which strengthens the Liga and the country in general, so it’s positive and increases competition, and makes us, as players, and the Liga in general grow.”