Capel: ‘I had it practically closed with Real Madrid’

Diego Capel He has been interviewed on the Youtube Idols portal and has confessed that in 2008 he was about to sign for Real Madrid, but his signing was frustrated because Drenthe stayed in the white club.

Signing for Real Madrid

“It was done with Madrid. It was practically closed. They called me and told me that if Drenthe left, Real Madrid would sign me, but due to circumstances, he didn’t come out and I didn’t fulfill that dream. He spoke every week with Mijatovic, who was then the sports director. He told me that they had followed me for a long time and that they wanted to sign me. There was nothing left for it to close ”.

Sevilla and the position of Del Nido

“It is true that at that time Sevilla had Del Nido as president, which was difficult in this type of operation, but the thing was that they needed Drenthe to leave to pay for my transfer and they did not succeed. I was waiting until the last market day. I was good at Sevilla, but it’s true that taking that little step of going to a bigger club was what I lacked in my career ”.

Sergio Ramos

“Beyond the fact that he was only a short time in the Sevilla first team, Ramos has always shown what a great player he is. Seville did not go well, because of the transfer issue and because of everything that was talked about later, but he gave everything for this club. From his personality it was clear that he was going to be a leader and a reference. He is a youth squad that takes Sevilla as his flag and I know that it is the team of his loves ”.

His departure from Sevilla

“Leaving the club of my life was difficult, but I also needed a change after so many years. Sporting de Portugal had been interested in me for some time after winning the U21 European Championship and it was time to go out to feel important, no matter how hard it was to leave. I felt very loved, I was impressed by hearing 40,000 people chant my name at the José Alvalade. We played in the UEFA semi-finals, we won a cup … ”.

Coaches who marked him in his career

“Juande, Jiménez and Caparrós, in my time at Sevilla FC and then Jardim at Sporting, but also Jesualdo Ferreira and Domingos Paciencia helped me a lot.”