Statements by Alan Varela, the midfielder who will reinforce FC Porto, this Monday, on the way to Portugal.
Boca Juniors farewell: « I had many conversations with Jorge Almirón (Boca Juniors coach), he gave me his support, I am very grateful to him. I wanted to play until the transfer was confirmed. Wearing the Boca jersey is the most beautiful thing in existence. Now I’m going to make a dream come true, play in Europe, so I fought for a long time and today, thank God, it’s happening. I hope it’s a success. I didn’t expect my teammates to say goodbye, I take the best memories with me. «
Advice from friends: « Rojo and Romero told me to enjoy playing in Europe and to continue working with humility. »
Being able to face compatriots Otamendi and Di María: « I want to arrive in Porto, get to know the club, my new teammates, and then I’ll see what it’s like to face Otamendi and Di María. »
He also played the round of 16 of the Libertadores: « I thank FC Porto for putting up with it and for letting me play against Nacional. To play against Racing, I had to stretch a lot and it couldn’t be (laughs), I thank him for these last few games. that I had to go. »
Leandro Paredes, from PSG, is an example: « I’ve always watched Leo Paredes, he’s a very good 5, I try to copy everything he does. I had the opportunity to talk to him through social networks. »
Desire to return to Boca Juniors: « See you soon, I hope one day to return to Boca, which was my home for many years. »