Fran to fight for place
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
In an interview with Television Coruna, Fran said it was perfectly normal for him to be aggrieved although he accepts the coach's decision and will fight to win his place back in the Riazor starting XI.
He said: "We all want to play and contribute the maximum to the team.
"Many are suffering just like me, because there are only 11 places in the team.
"I desire to reclaim my position in the team, but for the time being, I will work as hard as I can during the week to show the coach I am ready if he needs me."
After signing a new 12-month extension to his deal with the Primera leaders in April, Fran says he does not feel as if the club are trying to offload him and he has not become a bad player overnight.
"After 16 years in the elite, I have not forgotten how to play football," added the 33-year-old.
"Two seasons ago I was also out of the team. I was not in the first team which made me angry.
"But later I decided to be calm about it. I worked hard and returned to the side with the confidence of the coach.
"I do not want to leave football because I still love it and therefore I am going to continue fighting for a place each day.
"Against Athletic Bilbao I played 20 minutes and found myself very comfortable with the ball and enjoying my work."
In other news, the agent of Pedro Munitis says the player would have been happy to have joined Racing Santander but put the blame at the feet of president Santiago Diaz for the deal not being completed.
Santander had been the early favourites to secure Munitis's signature after the attacker enjoyed a loan spell with the club last term, while Premiership outfit Middlesbrough were also in the hunt before Deportivo finally landed his services last month.
Javier Gonzalez said Munitis was disappointed not to have continued his stint at El Sardinero but said the club failed to move quickly enough after the 28-year-old negotiated a release from his contract with Liga champions Real Madrid.
"Up to the very last minute, Munitis wanted to continue in Santander but the time passed for him (Diaz) to sign him because there were no further movements."
Gonzalez also revealed the Spanish international rebuffed approaches from Monaco, Olimpiakos, Leeds United, Mallorca, Espanyol and Villarreal.