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Soccer ace moves from Seville . . . to Padiham
A FOOTBALLING star has swapped the sun, tapas and flamenco of Seville for the former mill town of Padiham.
Marco Navas, brother of Manchester City winger Jesus Navas, is one of Bury FC’s latest signings and said that since moving to the East Lancashire town just a couple of weeks ago he has really settled in.
He said the thing he had noticed the most since making the move with his wife Eva and one-and-a-half year old daughter Martina was how well-educated, welcoming and happy the people there were.
And the defender was keen to stress that his decision to move to the North West from his last club Recreativo was not influenced by his brother but by his love for English football.
Despite speaking a little English and struggling to understand the Lancashire accent, the 30-year-old said the family had been made to feel at home.
He said: “The people are serious in the sense that they are very responsible and I really like that.
“I had to come to Lancashire very quickly and the club found me a place in Padiham.
“But I really like it and my wife is really happy here. She likes the house we are living in, the parks and how the people look after their gardens.
“We like going out in the day time and we go for walks in Padiham and Burnley.
“I studied English at school, but when I arrived here I found the pronunciation was quite different to what I knew.”
The Spaniard said there had not been too much of a culture shock as he had spent a lot of time in northern parts of his country such as Huelva, where temperatures are not too different to the UK.
Marco said: “I’ve been lucky enough to live in different parts of northern Spain and it is quite similar to England.
“I like the weather here because when I left Seville to come here, it was 48C, which was unbearable.”
Marco said that since playing in Sheffield in 2008, he had tried to come back to the UK. And when he was offered a place at Bury, he could not wait to accept.
He said: “There are lots of differences between English and Spanish football but I like it better here because it seems more professional.
“In Spain we only train for 90 minutes a day, but football here is a profession, just like being a doctor.”
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