Jordi: Ronaldo gave me good advice

6th July 2018
Under-21s

He has received guidance from Cristiano Ronaldo, trained with Gareth Bale and was advised to join the Swans by compatriot Jefferson Montero.

Even at just 19 years of age, it is fair to say that Jordi Govea arrives in South Wales with extremely high standards and plenty of wise words in his head.

The Ecuador-born left-back has signed a three-year deal with the Swans after spending seven years in Real Madrid’s youth academy.

Govea, who also qualifies to play for Spain at international level, worked his way through the ranks with the Spanish giants and represented the club in last season’s Uefa Youth League.

He also had the opportunity to train with the star-studded first team including the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Sergio Ramos and fellow left-back Marcelo – one of his idols and the player he feels his own game most closely resembles.

Govea believes his seven years in the Spanish capital stand him in good stead as he arrives in SA1,  and he is happy to have received plenty of guidance along the way- from one star name in particular.

“Cristiano has spoken with me a lot and gave me good advice,” he said.

“It is incredible that a player like him took the time to get to know me and help me.

“I joined Real Madrid when I was young and have learned a lot there. It’s the dream of any child to play for them and I’m very grateful to have done that.”

Govea is aiming high upon starting the next chapter of his fledgling career.

Moving to a new country brings not only a new footballing culture but also a new language; something he is aiming to pick up quickly.

He is confident that joining the Swans is the right move for him, especially after receiving positive feedback from one of his fellow countrymen.

“I have a very good relationship with Jefferson Montero,” says Govea, whose first interview as a Swan is conducted through an interpreter.

“He was the first one to tell me to come here.

“I’m going to have an English teacher and I’m hoping to learn as soon as possible.

“I want to be able to demonstrate that I can play for the first team and would love the chance to do that.

“I’m looking forward to getting started as soon as possible.”