Tissone: ‘I want to stay in Mallorca’
Real Mallorca’s on loan midfielder Fernando Tissone has revealed that he wants to remain in Mallorca past his twelve month loan deal. The Argentine has become an integral part of the team under Caparrós since his move from Sampdoria, but Mallorca will have to come to an agreement with Sampdoria and Udinese who co-own the player.
The following interview was conducted before last night’s Copa loss to Athletic Club.
Does Saturday’s loss still hurt or are you already thinking ahead to Athletic?
It still hurts but we are looking to Athletic. We must not be distracted and focus on what is ahead of us.
At what age did you leave Argentina?
I was sixteen. My family had problems and we moved to Madrid where my parents found work and I joined a school. But after a year I left and went to live in Italy for eight years.
How different are the Spanish and Italian leagues?
Very. And every day I see more and more differences. On Sunday I watched three Italian games and there was only two goals. The truth is that football is more beautiful in Spain to follow as a spectator.
How are you finding Palma?
Okay. Better than expected. I had spoken very highly of the city and the club and I’m happy either way. The club is working out the problems it had and is beginning to grow. That is good for everyone.
Would you like to stay?
I would like to see if I could stay in Mallorca as the club gives me much joy, as well as the city. Italy was very cold and to see the sun here at this time of year is wonderful.
Have you spoken to anyone about the possibility of staying in Mallorca?
When I first came to Mallorca and the club talked with Sampdoria, the original idea was for me to stay here. But they must reach an agreement with both Sampdoria and Udinese. Unfortunately players can’t always control their future. There are too many factors.
Joaquín Caparrós is rotating the team between La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Do you think you will play against Athletic?
I hope to play in Bilbao. I always want to play, of course. But the coach has proved that he knows what he is doing no matter what team he decides to pick. I’m ready to play if required, but I’ll have no problem if not chosen.
Should Mallorca aim to win the Copa del Rey (rather than resting players)?
Sure. I got to play in the Italian Cup semi-final with Sampdoria against Inter. It is a beautiful thing, really.