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Q&A WITH ZE CASTRO

03 Jan 2013
Personal interview of Ze Castro to Depor Sport; journalist Carlos Miranda talked of several issues with the Portuguese defender. He feels happy at Deportivo, but left the impression that heís leaving as his contract ends in June.

Q: Were you expecting to live so many years at Depor?
A: Itís a club where the players usually spend a lot of years. Itís a familiar club where everybody has a great time; on here you have everything to be happy. I lived great and bad moments, but Iím adapted and, besides, the city is pretty.

Q: A CoruŮa is more similar to Coimbra, your home town, compared to Madrid, isnít?
A: There are a lot of inhabitants, but if you live at the down town then you can do everything walking in just one day. The sea means a special thing on here. I love it for the food, for the kind people, they respect you and leave you in peace. You easily can adapt to the city.

Q: And the Riazor on the beachÖ
A: Pretty strange. If I were a fan then I would go to the stadium walking, with all my family, itís magnificent.

Q: Why is so easy to find the word family in your statements?
A: We all say the same, but itís true. I spoke to them all the days, because I like to feel their love. Iím in the best league in the world and three and a half hours away from home, Coimbra.

Q: Did you think at any point that you wouldnít be a football player?
A: Sometimes I had doubts, because it is a big risk, but I always studied. Actually, I begun the career of business administration and journalism, but I left it when I became a regular member of the U-21 squad. Now this is my profession and wouldnít change it for anything in this world.

Q: Who were your preferred player when you were a kid?
A: Nesta, for the way he played, for his way of playing and because I liked Milan. Rui Costa, FigoÖthe Portuguese golden generation, it was a team that brought hope to young people.

Q: I guess you couldnít imagine that you were going to end sharing the team with other six compatriots, mainly as Portugal wasnít exporting so many players.
A: We are seven, a lot. We must help each other and also Depor, but for me there are no differences. I was lucky enough to live at good squads and this is the best one. People are pretty good and I know that if I need something, then everybody would help me and the feeling is reciprocal. Things arenít good right now, but the changing room still believes. With the Super Depor there was money and the level was different, but right now we have great human beings.

Q: Youíre a player that works better with confidence and that turns the page when things are wrong. Do you see it that way?
A: Yes, but we all are like that. I like football, I think a lot of it. Football is mood and spirit, though you also need quality, commitment, sacrifice and some good luck.

Q: You watch a lot of football, so it wouldnít be strange to see you ending directing from the benchÖ
A: Itís almost sure that I will be a coach, unless something weird happens. I have the capacity and will. I like to watch games as a fan and also to follow the players, the movements of the teams and tactics. Sometimes football isnít fair and you doubt, but the desire is more powerful.

Q: Football is your profession and also your passion. Anything else?
A: To make things with my couple, she is Galician. To go out to the movies, walkingÖ and I like to be at home, I donít like to go out in the night.

Q: So, you signed for Depor and for someone in A CoruŮa. Isnít?
A: Neither is like that. Love is a feeling and it goes away. It doesnít have a deadline, neither nationality nor something like that. The heart and the feelings speak by themselves.

Q: The worst memory was the relegation, the best the promotion, isnít?
A: Yes, I didnít play too often during the relegation, but felt guilty, because weīre a team. It was the saddest day of my career. I remember that I spent some days without knowing what I was going to do with my life. The promotion was a challenge to me. I had offers, but I spoke with the president and it was decided that I was staying and since that day the mission was to put back the team at Primera. It was an obligation, yes or yes, there wasnít time for maybes. I couldnít leave the team at Segunda Divisiůn. The players arrive and leave, but not the clubs, now my conscience is in peace.

Q: Is your nailed thorn the World Cup that you missed with Portugal?
A: Yes, in 2009, I wasnít playing with Depor and didnít return to the national team. It was painful, because it was a sure thing. It was a dream that wasnít fulfilled. There were things that hurt me and didnít know how to live with it. Experience is really helpful. I am a mature person and know how to speak, but when they donít talk to you, then thereís a problem. I hope to change some things, if I can.

Q: How would you like to be remembered by the fans?
A: Itís my last year and letís see what happens. As a person itís impossible to see them knowing me, but I will like to think that if my team mates have any problem then they could count with me. In a football sense people are the essence of the game; they pay and without thereís no sense and they can say anything they want, but technically the 90% of them donít know why you do what you do on the pitch, they just want to see you scoring goals. I believe I could have brought more things to Depor. At certain point, things could have been different, though sometimes it was my fault. I have plenty of time to see people keeping a good memory of me.

Q: Donít you think that the Riazor has changed a lot within the last two years?
A: Theyíre all great with us and we thank them. We feel at home and as we are supported by our family, something thatís pretty important due to the current circumstances. When we have a problem there are no protests; Riazor is always supporting the team.

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