It has been a long, winding road for Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos at club level, but the 24-year-old new Villarreal playmaker believes it is time to put all that behind him and finally live up to his potential.
“I’m eager to demonstrate the player I am and definitively break out,” Dos Santos stated at his presentation at the club on Thursday. “I know everyone (at the club) believes in me. I hope it’ll be a great year as much in the personal (sense) as the collective.”
Dos Santos moved from Mallorca to Villarreal after his old club was relegated from La Liga on the last day of the season. The forward had previous spent a barren spell Tottenham Hotspur, where he failed to get regular minutes and was loaned out to teams as diverse as Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.
But Dos Santos, a Barcelona youth product, believes the experience of moving around so much and getting relegated has set him up to succeed at newly promoted Villarreal.
“I’m more mature now and very thankful for the trust Villarreal has put in me,” Dos Santos said.
The Mexico international, who has already amassed 67 caps, revealed that his new club had maintained an interest in the last two or three years, but that circumstances didn’t align and when the Yellow Submarine came in this time, he didn’t need to think twice about signing.
“I didn’t have a doubt, nor did I wait for another offer,” said the Monterrey-born forward. “This is one of Spain’s big clubs that had a hiccup with relegation. We have to be ambitious, I’m coming to a club with an impressive project and that excites me.”
Dos Santos rejoins coach Marcelino Garcia Toral at El Madrigal, under whom he enjoyed one of his better loan spells with Racing Santander. The player – whose squad number is not yet known - was keen to point out that while his relationship with Garcia Toral is good, he will have to work as hard as all the rest of the squad to get into the team.