By Damian Tiscornias
Defensor Sporting's on-loan defender Pablo Pintos has revealed that he wants to have another chance to prove himself in Europe, after spells in the continent with Lazio and Getafe failed to lead him to regular first-team football.
The 24-year-old Uruguayan moved to Rome in 2010, but the subsequent arrival of Hernanes meant that the Italian club could not register him as a non-EU player and he was sold to Getafe. In Spain, Pintos made just 10 appearances in 18 months, and at the start of 2012 he returned to first club Defensor on a temporary deal.
Due to go back to the Azulones in June, the right-back stated that he is determined to make the most of the time he has left in Montevideo in order to further improve.
"I am feeling good, I came to Defensor Sporting for six months in order to get my rhythm back, to get more football under my belt. Although I was not playing much in Europe, this was a personal decision," the player explained to Goal.com.
Having already appeared under both Michel and Luis Garcia at Getafe, Pintos continued to state that he had no problems with either coach.
"The relationship has always been good. They are very serious with excellent records. In Europe there is another playing dynamic, the customs are different. Now in the next six months I will have to return there and see what the future holds for me."
The former San Lorenzo man moved on to talk about the current difficult situation at his old club, who are fighting relegation in Argentina.
"If I look back, what really stands out is how the fans, the people and the hinchada received me when I first arrived. That stays with you forever," he affirmed.
"At the moment San Lorenzo are in an uncomfortable position, they are fighting the drop; but I think that the players are going to give everything to climb up the table and get out of this tough situation they are in."