PAtxi Salinas is one of the former Celta players who remains fondly in the memory of the Vigus fan. He has just closed three seasons in the lower categories of Athletic, his other heart club. Two and a half years at Baskonia and half a season at Bilbao Athletic, which he took charge of while they were in relegation and saved with a game to spare. Now he is closing a stage, several clubs have been interested in him and his next destination could be the Portugalete.
He is surprised but already thinking about the future: “For me it was a surprise. I thought that, with those numbers, the normal thing was to continue. We get caught in an election, in which the candidates do not move and tell you that you have to wait until June 25, and you think that on that date you can stay out of the bench. I prefer not to wait. Several clubs have called me and you have to decide the project you want to get involved in. I don’t care about the category, when I was in the Bouzas Rapido I was the happiest guy in the world. I am more moved by the sporting challenge and the illusion. In any case, these years I have enjoyed a lot.”
Remember, with special emotion, his return to Balados this season, being coach of Bilbao Athletic: “One of the most beautiful things that happened to me was my return to Balados and we lost 4-1. Just the reception of the people already compensated me for all the suffering and all the risk I ran by taking charge of Bilbao Athletic. Going back to Balados was a dream. I had no doubts about the affection of the people. It was fantastic to hear the fans chanting my name.”
Does balance of the Celta season: “I have seen them well. The last few years they are playing football really well. When they go to any field in Spain, they are a dominating team. They are always brave, offensive, they like to have possession, vertical, they generate a lot. The pity is that with that team we have not been able to get into Europealthough it is complicated.
He does not understand very well the controversy with Denis Surez and that the club wants to get rid of him: “It seems that he expects a busy summer. When you want to make a lot of changes in the team, that’s normal because a lot of new people come in. Lor Denis is a topic that surprises me because he is a spectacular player for me and I think he is very involved, before he seemed more anarchic in his football. He has played sensational games and the public has recognized him as such. When people recognize your work, it’s for a reason. It makes you sad that this type of footballers do not continue but they are decisions that the directives have to make and they have to be held accountable for them”.
He is also surprised not to see Iago Aspas in the national team.: “I’ve said it many times, am Iago I think he’s one of the best national strikers by far. You see their numbers and they scare you. That Luis Enrique has a choice, obviously. That Iago’s numbers are to go to the selection, too. He recognizes everyone. I would have liked it to be and I think many people. I also understand that the coach has a lot to choose from.”