"Real Zaragoza deserve to be in the First Division and our job is to fight for that goal"

Radosav Petrovic was presented this morning at La Romareda: "I felt that the coach and the sports director wanted me here and that is very important to me."


Radosav Petrovic trained for the first time today with his new teammates minutes after being presented at La Romareda. An act in which he has made it clear that the challenge cannot be other than promotion: “Real Zaragoza, by name, history and fans, always want to go up and of course they deserve to be in the First Division. Our job is to fight for that goal. ”

The 32-year-old Serbian midfielder already knows what it is like to play promotion for promotion in the last two seasons with Almería and is aware that the goal is not easy: “Two years ago Zaragoza were also in the playoff and the last season it didn't start well, but this is football, since in this category there are always eight or ten teams that want promotion at the beginning of the year and things don't always go the way we want ”.

Petrovic, who has signed for two seasons after terminating with Almería, explained why he decided on the Aragonese club: “I could feel that the coach and the sports director wanted me here and that is very important to me. Real Zaragoza is a historic club, usually first class, and has a great following. The two games I have played here have been without an audience, but everyone knows that the Zaragoza fans are a very great force for the team. I hope things go well this season. ”

In addition, the footballer had the references of several compatriots with whom he has met throughout his career: “Antic was my first coach in the national team and he has been a very important man in my career, a genius. He liked to talk about the clubs he had been to. Also Milosevic and Obradovic have given me information about the club and the city. I know that expectations are always high here. ”

Sports director Miguel Torrecilla has been in charge of introducing Petrovic and has defined him as follows: “He is a defensive midfielder. His physical presence is evident, but he is also a dynamic player, who has great coordination, and who will give us strength in the center of the field, leadership and experience ”.

Petrovic, for his part, prefers to speak with Juan Ignacio Martínez beforehand to find out what his job will be in the field, although he is convinced that he will be able to contribute things to the squad: “I am of an age, I have experience in many countries and with my national team and I can help my colleagues. I don't think I will need much time to adapt. ”

Yes, the footballer himself is not very clear that he is in a position to debut this Friday against Ibiza: “I had to be quarantined for COVID and right now I am not 100%. I have spoken with the coaching staff and we are going to do a special program, so I think that soon I will be at a sufficient level. It is not good for the team or for me to take the field if I am not at 100%. ”

To finish, Petrovic, who will wear the four on his back, has also explained why he scored more goals in his early years: “At Partizan he played more advanced and it was a very offensive style, with a lot of touch. It's the same in Turkey, but from Dinamo Kiev I played a lot of center-back games and it's not my natural position, although I have no problem playing in any area. And in recent years I have played defensive pivot. Like all players in the world, I like to score goals, but if we achieve the goal I won't have any problems if I don't score any. ”

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