Still enjoying his vacations in his home country, Everton defender Yerry Mina has spoken to the local press this Tuesday.
The player has talked about his arrival at Goodison Park, his struggles during the season due to injuries, and of course the campaign in Copa America with the national team.
First speaking about his adaptation to England, he claims that the language was his biggest difficulty. He’s told some funny stories saying that instead of learning English, he ended up speaking Portuguese.
“The truth is at first cost me a lot, I could not communicate. Then I learned to say some words like ‘what’s up man’ (laughs) and I started to get together with those who who speak Portuguese,” said Mina (via Pulzo and Semana).
“Andre Gomes, Richarlison, Bernard… and I wouldn’t speak English anymore, but Portuguese, brother (laughs). Currently, I’m learning because many of the English footballers tell me they would like to know my stories.”
On the injuries the last season, he said: “The biggest problem of all that I had since I arrived in Europe has been the injuries. I wanted to play with discomforts and that’s why I came back and got injured. Then I came back and again got injured. I was in a rollercoaster mood. There came the criticism.”
Mina has claimed that he’ll fight to have a starting spot in Everton’s team this season, and claims that although he’s on vacation, he’s already thinking of the club.
“I have to present myself on July 22nd, although I am of body here, but of mind there. I’m clear, I’ll give everything to Everton.
“Zouma is a great person, he’s always laughing, he’s motivated and he was a great companion. I’m going to do my job and try to earn my position. The important thing is to feel good and from there, step by step convince the professor, who’s the one that picks the lineup. Whoever be there I’ll try to be a starter and represent Colombia, Guachené and Everton and let’s go with everything.”
The interview was given alongside Juan Cuadrado, and Mina has even made a joke saying Everton should sign him (via Caracol).
“Pack your bags and I wait for you in England?”