It wouldn’t be unfair to say Costel Pantilimon has some more work to do to convince Deportivo La Coruna supporters.
Arriving late in the summer transfer window, Pantilimon was a quick loan arranged from Watford after an injury problem at Depor.
A recent perceived poor performance from the Watford owned player saw Deportivo lose 4-1 to Espanyol, and helped doubts grow around the club.
However, Pantilimon himself is convinced it’s just a matter of time before he’s more settled and appreciated by the Depor faithful, and he’s looking at the move long term, rather than until the end of the current season and the end of his loan from Watford.
Speaking to Marca, the goalkeeper told the Spanish newspaper: “I hope to continue next season, why not? I like the club, the city, the fans… I believe in this team, besides I’m happy to have a Romanian teammate (Florin Andone) that makes everything easier for me. I am very happy in this club and very proud to be part of this sports family. They believed in me to sign me on the last day of the transfer window.”
The 30 year old stopper has a year left on his Watford contract after the current season, and they’d obviously be looking for a transfer fee from Depor.
In recent seasons the Spanish club have shown they don’t want to pay reasonable fees to English clubs, and there could be some interesting talks ahead.