Carlos Villanueva Interview
Carlos Villanueva has been telling Las Ultimas Noticias in his homeland the frank truth about living in England. He has found it hard and he has exposed some of the difficulties he has had in settling down and gone into detail about the toughness of the English game.
Carlos, speaking to Ultimas: 'Since my arrival two months ago I haven't spoken much with Paul Ince. But every time I do he annoys me by going on about Ivan Zamorano!'
'It seems like they got on well during their time together at Inter Milan.
'It is really difficult for me to endure the rhythm over here. Players run much more, and the opposition is much tougher than I found back home.
'My teammates even make me feel the rigour of English football in training. They are not afraid to give me a good kicking, as though I played for a rival club.
'You don't get the time to blink here. As a striker I am constantly coming up against opposing defenders, and I have to laugh when I see my legs covered in cuts and bruises.
'I will need to get used to the pace of this league. The football is very physical, and I have to run a great deal.
'The fact that I don't speak English, and can't communicate with others, limits me in many ways.
'As a result I spend a lot of time watching TV in my apartment, eating nothing but frozen food. You can't imagine how much I hunger for the beef pasties and barbecues from back home.
'I have lunch at the club, but at night it's deep-frozen pasta for me, pure and simple.
'I don't over-eat as I have a tendency to put on weight. Here you can't afford to give yourself treats.
'My teammate Roque Santa Cruz has been very good to me. He, his brother and family often invite me round so I don't feel so lonely.
'But there's no chance of me learning their Guarani language or getting addicted to terere, the Paraguayan tea. They got me to try it, but I didn't like it.
'As most of my teammates live in Manchester, I decided to get a flat in the south of the city. Virtually none of them live in Blackburn.
'It was hard for me to get used to driving in England. The first week was like giving birth to a baby - I was not used to being in a car with the steering wheel on the right.'
Very frank interview that from Carlos. It sounds like he isfinding it difficult here, however I am sure he will get use to what it takes to succeed in England. he has the skill to be a real cult hero here.