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David Raya speaks in-depth to The Metro

Goalkeeper looks ahead to season as it begins

22 August 2021

David Raya has told the Metro newspaper that playing in the Premier League is something he has been working for ever since he came to England. The Brentford goalkeeper spoke to the newspaper before the start of the season as he was preparing for his first Premier League games. The interview was published last week and will be read as David and Brentford have marked their first two top flight games since 1947 with two clean sheets and four points.

The interview covers a wide range of topics, including Brentford winning promotion a year after losing in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final to Fulham. David spoke about the role Brentford Head Coach Thomas Frank played after the Play-Off Final loss. David also said The Bees just have to play their way.

"We’ll play our way,’ he said. "We know we can play and beat good teams. Every league is tough, It was tough in the Championship and it will be tough in the Premier League — we just have to be ourselves.

"I have been working for this ever since I came to England. The chance to play in the Premier League, collectively, is massive for the club, especially after losing to Fulham the year before. To have 13 days off (between seasons) and come back and have the season we had and get promotion shows the character of the team.

"During the summer, it didn’t hit me really but you see things like the Premier League signs around the place and then you begin to realise we are Premier League players now. Everything happens for a reason and it felt like second time around we knew what we had to do in the Play-Offs. We played the three games really well, aside from the first ten minutes at home to Bournemouth, and showed across the season we were capable of getting promoted."

David joined Brentford in the summer of 2019 from Blackburn Rovers. Prior to his arrival in West London, David had spent seven years at Rovers following a youth career with UE Cornella in his native Barcelona. The full interview with The Metro can be seen here.


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