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The winger says 2013 wasn't one of his best years, but is hoping he can make 2014 a memorable one.

Valencia’s Mexico international Andres Guardado recognized that 2013 hasn’t been his best in terms of form.

“It was a year that maybe wasn’t one of the best in my career, but the truth was it was very productive in many aspects,” the former Atlas player told reporters in Guadalajara airport. “I learned to go through hard times, trying to get better each day and hoping that 2014 will be better.”

The 27-year-old left winger, who has played more recently at left back in La Liga, knows that it is vital he regains his form in the next few months with next summer’s World Cup looming.

“An important year is coming up, like all World Cup years,” stated Guardado. “We all know what has happened with the national team, but six months remain for us to give everything with each one of our teams to earn a spot.”

Guardado has also backed Miguel Herrera as El Tri’s permanent coach and wants the team to do well in Brazil to prove that the national team’s annus horribilis in 2013 was nothing more than a blip.

The Guadalajara native’s stay in his home city is likely to be brief with Valencia’s next game against Levante on Jan. 4.

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