Tristan glad to be back
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Diego Tristan cannot wait to start playing again following his move to Real Mallorca.
Diego Tristan cannot wait to start playing again following his move to Real Mallorca after being released by Deportivo La Coruna.
The 30-year-old striker was wanted by Bolton Wanderers, but he was keen to remain in Spain and has opted to pen a new one-year deal with the Balearic Island club.
"My goal now is to work hard and I have come to Mallorca with a huge desire to do well," he said.
"I have achieved what I wanted, which was to stay in the Spanish league, and the club knows what I have been through to secure the move.
"I want to rediscover the same form as before and do everything I can to help the team.
"There are some very good players here and I will train hard to earn a place in the side. I believe in what is being done at Mallorca and we can aspire to great things.
"I did not have to prove anything to anyone. I am just going to show the coach that I am worth my place."
Tristan joined Mallorca in 1998 from Real Betis and after a season in the B side was promoted by Hector Cuper to the first team.
His record of 18 goals in 35 league appearances saw the Son Moix-based club accept an offer from Deportivo and he went on to become a hero at the Riazor.
Following the departure of Javier Irureta as coach last summer, Tristan fell out with his replacement, Joaquin Caparros, and became a target of abuse from the fans.
Towards the end of last term, Tristan handed in a transfer request but Depor were unable to attract suitors to match their high asking price.
After failing to receive a fee, the Galician outfit agreed to terminate Tristan's contract after a tortuous period of waiting.