Former Villarreal defender, Gonzalo Rodríguez, has wanted to say good bye to the club and the fans in a very emotional press appearance earlier today in the Sports City. During his speach, the Argentinian said it was impossible for him to describe his gratitude towards the Submarine after eight seasons playing for the club. "My only regret is not leaving the team in the same situation it had when I came here. That's what I would have liked. Villarreal deserves to be in Primera and I wish the club best of luck. I'm leaving for a new place and it's an important challenge for me and my career. I will follow Villarreal from the distance, just like an ordinary fan. It has been more than my club, Villarreal has been my family and it will continue to be for many years. I will always be thankful to the club, the Roig family and José Manuel Llaneza, who travelled to Argentina to sign me. I can only have good words for this club and everybody that works in it, for they treated me as part of the family since the very first moment. These are hard times for a footballer because they are very emotional. It has been 8 incredible years and both the club and me now believe it's time to leave and find a new destination".
Regarding his experience in Villarreal, Gonzalo marked that his best day was his first day. "My best memories are from my first day. It was very hard to leave my house with 20 years old and the truth is that the people in the club open their doors from the very first moments. This environment allowed me to gain confidence to improve my game, to play here during 8 amazing years. I would have loved to end my career in this club becayse it's an incredible organization, but things often turn and I find myself facing a new challenge. I will follow the club from the distance and I will support wishing it returns to Primera. I have a very good memory of the fans, they have always supported me, especially when I have been injured. They have always loved me".
Gonzalo also noted that his decision to come to Villarreal was motivated because of his parents bond with Spain and the love the club showed him from the first moment. "Coming to Villareal was a decision I took with my family, my parents are Spanish and Spain was more attractive than Italy back then. The important thing is that the club came to sign me, they treated me very well and helped my parents. Everyone is afraid that their son leaves at 20 years old, but time has proven I was right to sign for Villarreal. It's very hard to remain that many years in the same club and more in Europe. Villarreal allowed me to reach the Argentinian National team and I won't forget these 8 years. Now I will back the team from the distance and I'm certain Villarreal will return to Primera".