Aljaz “Kiki” Struna could see that he no longer fitted into the plans of the Houston Dynamo. Left aside for the club’s last seven games in 2020, his acquisition by CF Montreal, in return for Max Urruti, is a happy change of air for him.
“It was the choice of the coach or the club. I was not hurt. I do not know more. I don’t know why they made this decision. I resigned myself, ”Struna said by videoconference from his home in Capodistria, Slovenia, on the border with Italy.
“I think Montreal has a different mentality from other clubs in MLS,” he added. I was also happy to find myself in this city. I don’t know much about Montreal, but I know that French is the main language there and that the city is more European in its mentality than the American cities. We are happy to meet there my wife and me. ”
And this, even if it was not his first choice in terms of destination.
“To be honest, my first choice would have been to go back to Italy. But I knew that Montreal wanted me, and I will give my 100% for this club ”, he assured.
What he heard from CF Montreal in Italy and his ex-Houston teammate Romell Quioto, who sold him the club, appealed to him.
“I talk to Romell at least once a month, and I know he’s very happy in Montreal,” said the Slovenia international. I even find that he is a different player in Montreal than he was before.
“CF Montreal is well known in Italy, since several Italians have played there, and I was hearing good things. I also liked to see that there are several Europeans in the club, ”said Struna.
Struna, who will be 31 in April, doesn’t know exactly what Thierry Henry has in store for him, but he liked the discussion he had with Olivier Renard.
“He told me that I fit into Thierry Henry’s system and that they liked me as a player, that’s why they made this transaction,” he said.
“I don’t know what I’m going to bring to the club, but I think tactically I’m a good center-back and I really enjoy controlling the ball. Maybe the coach and his staff know more about what they want me to bring to their team, ”Struna said only.
Until then, he will continue training in Slovenia, while waiting for the team to repatriate all of its players to Montreal.
“I wait for this call every day! He exclaimed.