Renan Brito Soares arrived at
He quickly became the undisputed first choice at the Mestalla, easily deposing the controversial Timo Hildebrand, although an injury has ruled him out of action since mid-January.
In this exclusive interview with Goal.com, the 24-year-old Renan talked about the financial crisis at
Goal.com: How are the players dealing with the financial crisis at
Renan: It’s complicated. Everybody knows that the club are in a bad moment financially, but we also know that it’s not happening only at
Goal.com: The problem of late pay-cheques in football is usually linked with Brazilian clubs. Did you expect to go through this problem in
Renan: Actually, it happens differently here as they have a different way of paying. The monthly pay-cheque doesn’t run late. What does run late is the annual pay-cheque and the bonuses for victories, as stipulated in our contracts.
Goal.com: Besides the financial crisis, how do you evaluate your first season in
Renan: I think it has been very positive and I’ve been adapting very well, participating in the big matches, such as the UEFA Cup and Copa del Rey, at a very important period for the club. Then I had an injury which held me back. I was sidelined for almost two months. But I think it has been a good season. I’m sure that before, most people in
Goal.com: Brazilian goalkeepers broke into the European scene recently. Why do you think this generation of Brazilian goalkeepers have been successful in
Renan: I think because of the first goalkeepers who started on this path, such as Taffarel and Dida, the success is growing. This has opened the door for us and now we have goalkeepers like Julio Cesar, who’s an accomplished player in the European scene. All of that helps and now the interest from European clubs in Brazilian goalkeepers keep rising.
Goal.com: Internacional was the club in which you’ve grown as a player and started your success in football. Do you still follow the team’s daily news?
Renan: I read the news, and watch videos of games. I also talk with friends, not only the players, but also people who helped me a lot at the club. I always try to exchange e-mails with people at the club so I can stay as close as possible, even though I’m far away.
Goal.com: You were one of the best players of the Brazilian side that won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games last year. What is your memory from that experience?
Renan: It was really important to me, and I think it helped me get to
Goal.com: Do you have plans to be in next year’s World Cup?
Renan: Absolutely, and again that is because of the experience at the Olympic Games. We weren’t able to achieve our goal, which was winning the gold medal, but I think we did everything we could to get there and we had great performances. I’m sure that I have a good chance to be in the World Cup, and I’m battling every day to earn my place in the Brazilian team.