Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca is fully focused on his career in Germany, but the Spaniard still keeps tabs on his old club, Espanyol.
Espanyol, of course, recently clinched promotion to La Liga from Segunda Division, which gave Roca a bug reason to smile.
“Right! I’m so happy, especially after the difficult season before. We had four coaches, but unfortunately we didn’t manage to keep the class in the end. I am very happy that Espanyol is back where the club belongs. When the new coach came, it was clear to me that we would make it,” said Roca in an interview with AS (as captured by Tz). “Vicente Moreno is a top coach. From the outside it might seem simple, but there is a lot of work behind it. I can only repeat how proud I am of the team. As a perico (Editors’ Note: parakeet in English, that’s what Espanyol players and fans are called), I was as happy as a toddler.”
Roca was also excited to see the fan reaction to Espanyol’s promotion.
“I had goose bumps. They are all mine and I am very proud of them,” Roca said. “Emotions are part of being a fan and are important — but I also have to make it clear that you have to observe the corona rules in every situation during this time.”
Lastly, when posed the question on whether or not he would ever consider a return to Espanyol, Roca did not hesitate.
“Espanyol was my home for 13 years, I’m a perico and one day everyone wants to go home. It’s my club, my city. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to go back someday,” Roca said.