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Giovani: This has been my best season

Giovani dos Santos was a key player in Villarreal's qualification to the Europa League.
Giovani dos Santos was a key player in Villarreal's qualification to the Europa League.
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With just over a month to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mexican international Giovani dos Santos of CF Villarreal spoke with Spanish La Liga (LFP) media about his recent performance with the club and reaching 100 games in the league. Gio reached his centennial game against Sevilla FC, game that qualified the “yellow submarine” to the Europa League.

“I believe that when it comes to statistics, stability, games, and minutes played, this has been my best season,” Dos Santos said. “It’s the first year that I play a lot of minutes and the truth is I feel great. Despite that, I still think I have not hit my ceiling. I expect to do better next season.”

Giovani scored 10 goals this season and assisted with seven more. The attacking midfielder arrived from RCD Mallorca for the current campaign. For the last two years Dos Santos has played in 58 games, with two games left this season. In that time frame he has scored on 16 occasions, six of those goals were for Mallorca.

“Despite the fact that I have made several appearances, I am still young,” Dos Santos told the press. “I still have time, and margin to improve. I have to keep working hard to keep improving as a player. Hopefully I can continue getting game time.”

Villarreal ascended to the Spanish La Liga at the beginning of the season. With two games left on the schedule, the team is firm in a Europa League position, a great feat considering the team was playing in the second division last season.

“The team was recently promoted, with a young squad when I arrived, so our objective was to remain in first division, but I think we surprised everyone,” Gio said. “Reaching Europa [league] is gratifying and we’re going to enjoy next season.”

Aside from getting the opportunity to play in the Europa League next season, Gio is one of the players that Mexico fans expect national team coach Miguel Herrera to select for the upcoming Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. Since 2007 Giovani has played in 73 games for Mexico scoring 14 goals in the process. The 2011 goal against Tim Howard and the USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup is considered the best of that tournament.