Things are much brighter around Deportivo La Coruna this week. An unlikely 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the weekend sees Depor in 15th place in La Liga, with breathing space of eight points from the relegation zone.

On Sunday the club welcome Celta Vigo for a Galician derby and another win would see La Liga safety looking a likely prospect. Carles Gil, on loan from Aston Villa, has been speaking to the Spanish media about the build up to the match.

Marca quote Gil as saying: “From the first moment I saw it was something special. Since the end of the match against Barca people ask us to win the derby.”

Gil was also asked about his future, with the Aston Villa loan ending in the summer. There’s been no suggestion that Steve Bruce sees Gil as part of his plans for next season so continuing at Depor would make sense.

The 24 year old sounds keen on the possibility: “The first thing is to talk to Aston Villa. Here I am very happy, but now the priority is to achieve the goal of salvation. I hope I can stay.”

Gil arrived at Aston Villa from Valencia with much hope attached but due to a combination of injury, form, and managerial changes, he was unable to make the impact many hoped for.