Gerard Deulofeu: “My job requires my wife to be very strong”

Through the channel of Serie A that dawns today, 13 Spanish soccer players navigate. One of them dazzles in Udine and appears even more radiant since the little girl came into the world on July 21 India, third of the saga. This is Gerard Deulofeu (Riudarenes, 1994), who just three months ago closed the most brilliant season of his career with 13 goals and five assists. “India behaves great; she is calm like her mother,” he jokes by phone with EL MUNDO, a few days before his premiere at the San Siro, against Milan, the champion, whose colors he defended five years ago.

Could you imagine yourself at 28 with three children and being one of the stars of Serie A?
With three children I could not imagine, that’s for sure [risas]. What I could sense, for all the years I’ve been at Barcelona, ​​and for all my projection, is that my career was going to be important. I’ve always had a lot of confidence in myself and I think the results this year, not only in goals and assists, but in everything I’ve contributed to the team, have been incredible. I could say that I expected it because of how much I trust in myself and in my football. And, also, for all the preparation I do to get there.
Has the arrival of the newborn affected you on a daily basis?
Luckily I have some emotions and an organization at home where everything is very aligned. Food, rest, training… The entire emotional system is very important to take this pack to the weekend game. I have a woman who helps me a lot with my children and that is very important. We have that professional aspect where we put in many hours to put all the focus on the weekend and that requires your wife to be very strong. I have made a pact with mine to be able to use those hours at work and give it a go to prepare for the game. For everyone, the birth of my daughter India has been a great happiness.

According to data from the Artificial Intelligence company Olocip, Gerard was the MVP last season in Italy. “I’m a stats nut and I’m aware of it. It seemed incredible to me because I help the team with many goals and assists, but also in the creation, in putting the team in the rival zone. It makes me feel good because that means I know what the game requires.” That’s why many teams look at him out of the corner of their eyes, before a summer market that has a few episodes left. Its value, according to the specialized website Transfermarkt, is 15 million of euros. There are those who think that for a little more he could change the scene. However, he only thinks of continuing to grow at Udinese. “I have two years left on my contract and I am very happy here in Udine, with a family that is very happy and organized. I hope to improve with the team and instill in the youngsters that every game can be won. There is a lot of room for improvement. We are a very talented team, we just have to demand more from the boys so that they believe it and know that it can be done“Words with that imprint of someone who has stepped forward in the locker room.

Deulofeu and his Udinese start the journey at the San Siro and to him, logically, the past whispers. “I remember that field very well and I am very grateful for that time. They lived through some tremendous years of glory, but they have suffered a bad period. They are an entity and an incredible team and there are many people who want good things to happen to Milan”.

Is Italian football behind English or Spanish?
I think Serie A is different from the Premier and the Spanish League. In terms of results and titles, the Italian teams are not playing a great role. And although they did not get into the World Cup, only a year ago they won the European Championship. The football is very even and I would say that the game in Italy is a bit more defensive.

His best friend in Italy is Patrick, central defender of Lazio and teammate in the lower categories of Barcelona. He also had a good relationship with Paul Mariwho returned to Arsenal, and with bruise, back to Atlético and untouchable in the Spanish team. Surely fixed for the World Cup in Qatar. An appointment that, although difficult, does not see it as a utopia. “If there is the slightest option to go, I will fight it. I have to continue with this state in my team, continue to contribute and do my best. If things work out with my team, the call for the national team will come, which is the greatest pride. I am delighted that Luis Enrique be the coach, he has created a group with a great future and tremendous projection”.

It is the story of Deulofeu, one of the 13 Spaniards in Serie A. As Fabian Ruiz, Luis Alberto, Brahim DiazPatrick, Gonzalo Villar, Pedro, Raul Moro, Save Ferrer, Paul Rodriguez, gerard yepes, mario gila Y Joan Gonzalez. Gerard is one of the attractions of that Scudetto that dawns today.

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