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Sports News of Saturday, 8 October 2016


Kevin-Prince Boateng talks about life in Las Palmas

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Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng says the beauty of La Liga and the sun and heat that he wakes up to every day at Las Palmas is amazing.

Boateng’s move to Las Palmas means the midfielder has played in all of the ‘top four’ European Leagues after the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, Serie A with Milan and Bundesliga with Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

“If people join the Canaries then I certainly understand it because I chose to play for Las Palmas: sun and heat.

They’re key to getting up in the morning with good humour,” he told Fox Sports.

“I’ve played in the top four Leagues in the world: the Premier League, Bundesliga, Calcio and [La Liga]. Each League has its good and bad traits.

“The beauty of Spanish football is that all its teams, even the smallest, want to play with the ball.

“When I was choosing which club to join, [Quique Setien] attracted me a lot to the project that [Las Palmas] proposed me.

“The President and Coach are very clear, they’re a small but strong club who wants to play well, and I found a great atmosphere on my arrival in the Canary Islands.

“The people greet you on the streets when you go to the stadium, and you feel the pressure immediately.

“I started by scoring two goals in two games, and that was great; now I must play to keep it that way.

“Off the pitch, [Quique] is very friendly, laughs and cracks jokes, but during training, he demands a lot, wants to win and is a big perfectionist.

“When we played at Mestalla and scored four against Valencia, we thought we had done a good job.

“Then, the next day, we had a technical meeting, just to point out all the mistakes we made during the game.”

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