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Spain players back in training, including Putellas and Paredes

For the first time since most Spain players agreed to return to national team duty, a few of them have finally spoken to the media. Notably, two prominent figures in the La Roja squad, Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes, have addressed the situation.

Putellas made some forceful statements about the current state of affairs, and Paredes also expressed her thoughts. She began by candidly stating that the players had no desire to be there when the initial call-ups were announced.

“The other day we didn’t want to come. We were obligated to come. And We were angry.

“We decided to stay, not because we were happy to, but because we believed it is what we had to do in order to advance things and ensure that agreements continued advancing.”

The meetings between the players, CSD (High Council of Sports), and the Spanish Football Federation have been productive, as Paredes highlighted, resulting in the overwhelming majority of the squad agreeing to continue with their call-ups.

“The meeting between CSD-RFEF-players was constructive. We reached important agreements in order to advance. We know it takes time for things to advance.

Paredes concluded her portion of the press conference by describing the process as exceptionally challenging for the players.

“We are tired, you can see how we are from our faces. We have spent weeks sleeping very little, trying to train and give our best. I will say it again, all we want to do is play football. We are doing this so that at some stage, we can get to a point where this is possible.

“And We have done all of this feeling alone, without support from the Federation. But We want to ensure that if this happens again, there are protections and protocols to prevent it. We’re tired, but we still don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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