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Carlos Villanueva Interview

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday October 6 2008
Time: 4:56PM


Interesting reading that. And good on Roque and Julio for keeping an eye on him.
Mikey D
06/10/2008 16:58:00
It's obvioulsly something hard for him to adapt to his new life...hopefully he will find the way soon
06/10/2008 17:09:00
If this is how he plays when he is struggling to adapt. I cant wait for when he is settled!!!
Mikey D
06/10/2008 17:31:00
wish I could find a bird for him..someone needs to massage him and show him the loving side of Enland..he will obviously be happier with a woman after being kicked around and asked by stupid Ince about other players..this is why I needed time on hit or miss..
06/10/2008 18:11:00
Unfortunalle this doesnt really sound like a guy who wants to stay here for long....And whats up with Paul Ince's annoying commets about some interest in one of our most skilled players.
06/10/2008 18:22:00
Alright guys, calmdown, we dont know if he meant that jokingly or not!!!!lol
Mikey D
06/10/2008 18:25:00
I bet he wants to stay. It just that he is 22 and has left his home for the first time just 2 month ago! Give him some time and he'll be awesome
06/10/2008 21:30:00
get him a bird who can also cook...he wants to be talked to INCE wants to talk about other has beens that he has played alongside.. INCE please get a life..If you want professionals to play there best for you tell them, like you kiss Andrews rear,by hyping him up.. that ur also a good player.. tell him your the best in the world..when we do this watch how it even works in our 5 a side games..
06/10/2008 22:20:00
good article mikey, trying to break into my interview area aye aye, go find something to work one yourself hehe
07/10/2008 07:49:00
Once again Ince's unprofessionalism concerns me. How many more stories of this ilk will creep out. I here Hughes is coming in to make a move for Roque and Stevie. I am very worried because Ince is beginning to look a little out of his depth at times and maintaining that image as a Big Time Charlie!
07/10/2008 09:25:00
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