The Ecuadorian full-back went to British football in 2018, but two ligament operations have prevented his debut in Swansea City’s first team.
Seven years ago Jordi Jair Govea (22 years old) said that he dreamed of reaching the Real Madrid first team and inheriting the left wing of the Brazilian Marcelo (which is still in force under the command of Zidane). At that time, the Ecuadorian born in Esmeraldas was 15 and was working in Cadet A led by Santiago Solari. Govea in the white club was covering all the stages through the different lower categories until he was promoted to Youth A, in 2018. The exgalactic Guti was his coach. The tricolor had wood and it seemed that it would soon reach Castilla (subsidiary). But his plans took a turn the summer of that year, because he decided to sign for Swansea City, with the slogan of making the leap to professionalism. However, injuries have prevented him from making himself known. 687 days passed, almost two years, until last March 2 he reappeared in a match of the sub-23 category, against Millwall, and scored a goal. His story is told to THE UNIVERSE via Zoom.
Was it the end of a period of hardship due to injuries?
I feel like a footballer again. It has been a period of great suffering, two years in which I have suffered hardships and I have not been happy because I have not been able to play. I feel good again.
Didn’t you think you had scored a goal in the game when you returned to the court?
It was incredible, tears came to my eyes with emotion, I couldn’t control myself or myself. There was no better way than to celebrate with the physical therapist (her name is Beth), who has been instrumental in my recovery process.
Perhaps you were worried that he would not be able to be the fast winger who was screened at Real Madrid?
I wondered how I am going to feel and if I am going to continue to be fast after an operation; but when I came back, I could feel fast and the player I was before, and all the worry went away. I think I’m on the right track, I’ve only played three games and my feelings are very good.
When did you consider leaving Real Madrid and why?
In the last year (2018). He was already playing in the UEFA Youth League; then it was time to decide whether to renew for two more years with the club, which he had offered me at that time, or to make the leap to professional football. The decision was to make the leap to professional football. It is true that things have not happened due to injuries (at Swansea), but I think I was never wrong. I am convinced that I can play in the first team.
Was the best memory you took from Madrid with you training against Zinedine Zidane’s team and having a good time with Cristiano Ronaldo?
That was one of the best anecdotes … I spoke with Cristiano because we – the members of Juvenil A – already had more contact with the first team when it came to going to the pool. Cristiano was surprised when I told him that I was from Ecuador. He told me: “Ecuadorian, my friend; Ecuadorian, panita ”. And on one occasion I trained against the first team, they were Modric, Marcelo, Cristiano, and I had to contain Gareth Bale.
Govea started at the white club when he was 11 years old in Infantil B, in 2011. His stage ended in the 2017/2018 campaign in Juvenil A. Photo: www.realmadrid.com
Do you regret your departure?
I do not regret. When I arrived at Swansea, Antonio Valencia sent me a message to wish me success.
Your contract at Swansea expires next June. Does the club intend to renew you and you to continue?
Just yesterday (the previous Tuesday) I received a call from the first coach, who told me to go and practice with them; but, unfortunately, the medical body in the end decided that this was not the time. Right now they have a plan with me and it’s for my good. The idea is right now to play 90 minutes with the U23 team and be able to play some with the first team.
Where do you imagine you would have gotten to without the injuries?
I missed the South American Championship in Chile and the U-20 World Cup in Poland, for which Professor Jorge Célico called me and was looking out for me. I don’t know where I would imagine.
Are you excited about a new call?
People who know me know that I am dying to play for the national team, it is my desire to wear the Tricolor shirt; But I have to be realistic, right now it is a team (the absolute one) where there is a lot of competition, in addition, I have only three games with Swansea. You can see that this team has a great future and has quality, with young players who are going to Europe. The important thing is that the coaching staff keep the shape. (D)
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