New Espanyol signing Jesus Datolo says he is thankful for the confidence the club’s board has shown in him. The Argentine expressed his gratitude to Espanyol’s management in a press conference to announce his acquisition on Thursday.
The 26-year-old has joined the Catalan club on a one-year loan from Italian side Napoli, but unlike a loan spell at Olympiacos last season, Datolo is hoping he can find his groove in Spain this season.
“I am delighted to be here. Signing for Espanyol is very important for me, and I appreciate the confidence the club has in me. I have been welcomed with open arms. I hope to be here for a long time and give everything to improve,” Datolo said.
According to Datolo, Espanyol have been tracking the player for some time now, and now that he has arrived, Datolo plans to return the club’s confidence with results.
“Management has told me that they have been tracking me for years. I will try to do my best and hopefully I can have a great year personally as well as a team,” Datolo explained.
Training with the club since Monday, Datolo had kind words for his new team-mates, whom he calls “phenomenal” individuals.
“They are very humble people, they want to succeed. The group [of players] is very good, united, and we will strive for a great season together.”
Datolo was expected to help Olympiacos win the Greek Super League last season when he joined the Piraeus giants on loan last January. Several injuries plagued his stay in Piraeus as Datolo failed to make an impact with the Greek giants, making only ten appearances for the port city side during that span; however, a fresh start in Spain could be the right tonic for the twice-capped Argentina international.
Despite impressing Argentina coach Diego Maradona during his stay at Napoli, Datolo took plenty of time to find his feet in Naples. The Argentine is hoping his adjustment to La Liga will be brief.
“After arriving from Argentina, I had very little time to adapt to life in Italy, in a very competitive league. I had no continuity, but now I hope that I have found just that [with Espanyol],” Datolo explained.Should Datolo impress at Espanyol, the Spanish club had agreed a contract with Napoli that gives the La Liga outfit an option to buy at the end of the season.