Aimar aiming for best showing yet
By Francisco Acedo & Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former River Plate star, who joined The Che in January 2001, has developed into arguably his side's key performer and is keen to continue his progress.
The gifted 23-year-old has made a positive start to the new campaign, netting in his side's 1-1 opening day draw with Valladolid, and starred for Argentina in their recent World Cup 2006 qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela.
Aimar admits he is now desperate to maintain that form throughout the season, and revealed he hoped his performances would see him rewarded with the captaincy of his country in the fullness of time.
"I hope that this is a good year for me. I feel important at this club and I want to be so even more with the passing of time," said the South American.
"I hope to be the leader of the national team some day and achieve something important.
"It's been ten years since we won the Copa America and it's been 15 or 16 years since Argentina won the World Cup.
"At the moment I feel that I am important for the team but I am not a leader yet, but I hope to have that experience in the next few years."
The midfielder went on to identify Chelsea star Juan Sebastian Veron as his country's most talented and important player.
"The best Argentine player is Veron. After him there are players like Riquelme and Ayala, but Argentina is lucky to always have very good players."
Aimar also acknowledged that Valencia boss Rafa Benitez had urged him to attempt to add more goals to his game following his haul of 11 in all competitions last campaign.
"I don't consider myself a goalscorer, but of course I want to score more goals this year.
"I have been told so many times to shoot more, but now I won't stop myself."