Questions by Gustavo Rangel of FutbolMLS.com, translation courtesy of FutbolMLS.com.
Even though he had offers to stay in Europe, Houston Dynamo’s new forward Sergio Koke Contreras is looking forward to play in MLS. The Malaga, Spain native comes to Houston fully trusting his abilities and firmly believes that he will achieve great things in the U.S.
FutbolMLS.com spoke on the phone with Koke, as the former Aris player awaits for the transaction of his International Transfer Certificate so he can make the move overseas and join his new club.
Why was it so important to you to come and play in MLS?
“I believe that there are more and more important players coming to the United States. From what I’ve seen, it’s a beautiful country and it’s a world power. That makes me think that in the future the league will be one of the most important ones around the world and that at some point it will be at the same level with the best European championships.”
What was your reaction when you were told that Houston Dynamo was interested in you?
“I was told about a month ago, but I wasn’t really excited because my contract situation with Aris wasn’t the best and [I thought] they wouldn’t let me leave. Fortunately, after some negotiations, things worked out in a way that allowed me to leave, and now I’m very happy to be able to go to the United States.”
Why didn’t Aris want to let you leave their club?
“I was at Aris for five years, and I told them of my desire to leave, but they didn’t want to in part because the fans were very affectionate towards me. I owe a lot to Aris, but it was time to look for something new, and even though the fans over there were sad, I think they understood that it was time for me to look for a new phase in my career. It was sad to say goodbye to them because it was a privilege that so many people love you. I hope to win the love of the Houston fans in the same way.”
What do you know about the Dynamo and MLS?
“The truth is that I don’t know a lot about the style of play used [in the U.S.] nor the system used by the Dynamo. However, that doesn’t worry me much; I trust my abilities and I know I can be of use in the team.”
Are you worried about adapting to this new country?
“I’m not worries about anything really, maybe the first couple of days, but in terms of the game, I’m not worried. I trust myself and I come from a team that played at a high level, in UEFA. We played against teams like Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, so I know I can compete at the top level. I’ve also spent a long time away from Spain and I’ve never had problems [adapting].”
How would you describe your playing style?
“I’m one of those players who like the 'tiki taka,' like they say in Spain. I like to play the ball and share it with my teammates. In terms of technique, I think I have good control of the ball and a good shot.”