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Arao says it wasn’t easy to leave Flamengo: “I knew the club would be close to more cups this yr” | Flamengo

After seven seasons and 377 video games in purple and black, Willian Arao traded Niño for Urubu for Istanbul to defend Fenerbahce. It was a fast exit, with many alternative emotions. He is now renewing his partnership with coach Jorge Jesus, however Flamengo will all the time be very a lot alive in his life.

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– I believe I loved each recreation I performed. I actually loved sporting this shirt. I used to be completely happy each second. I can not say if my cycle is over, however it is now,” Aaron instructed the ge.

Willian Arao begins for Fenerbahçe — Photo: Disclosure/Fenerbahçe

During the interval he performed for Flamengo, he lived on the aspect of accomplishment, as the Libertadores in 2019, the applause, but additionally the criticism and the boos, together with in the match that turned his farewell match in opposition to Tolima.

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– After I stop, proceed (participant opinions). It appears that the older a participant will get, the more they get tagged. The largest all the time appears to be the just one,” he stated.

Arão was bought to Fenebarhçe for 3 million euros, about R$16 million.

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Ge: How is the adaptation in Fenerbahce getting into your starting in Turkey?

Aaron: I’m very completely happy, experiencing new experiences. It had been a few years in Rio de Janeiro and I used to be used to it, I knew virtually all the pieces. Almost carioca now. My youngsters are from Rio.

It was a tough resolution to leave Flamengoabout your time at the club and all the pieces you skilled?

Not that it was exhausting, however it wasn’t easy both. I had to sit down with my spouse and analyze the professionals and cons. But it’s all the time been my dream to play in Europe, to have that have. I had been at Flamengo for a very long time, I had already gained nearly all the pieces. But it was not easy as a result of I knew that this yr the club would be close to successful more cups.

To leave a club that you understand will combat for titles and go to a brand new undertaking, a brand new life… But I spoke to my spouse and my father and we agreed. I’m actually completely happy. It’s an enormous club, with an enormous crowd and a rigidity as large as Flamengo’s. The payment too. This can be a club that’s constructing a undertaking to win titles and goes via a technique of a very long time with out victories. I introduced in a brand new teaching workers and new gamers to put an finish to that. I’m completely happy that I used to be one among the chosen ones as I used to be at Flamengo then.

Aaron with the Flamengo cups — Photo: Alexander Vidal/Flamengo

You have discovered Jorge Jesus once more. How decided was he for you to settle for the problem? Did he hold calling you?

Yes, he referred to as, talked to me, defined the undertaking to me, what the club’s expectations are… He instructed me that he was relying on me. Of course, whenever you get the name from the coach, it’s crucial for the participant. But I already had a dream to go to Europe and play in large tournaments, each participant does. When you have got a proposal from an enormous club like Fenerbahçe and a coach who needs you calls, all the pieces turns into more handy. But after all I’ve to present my work like every other.

I additionally had contact with the vp of the club, who instructed me that he had already been watching my video games for a while, that he had already tried an assault even earlier than Mister. I’m glad.

And is Jorge Jesus nonetheless the similar, with all his quirks?

To be continued. Of course, individuals change with time, study new issues. But he’s nonetheless the similar man, enthusiastic about soccer and dwelling intensely, shouting and screaming on the fringe of the pitch. But he teaches us with each apply. It was a really nice expertise to work with him once more.

Your position in the Fenerbahçe workforce has modified in contrast to what you performed in earlier than Flamengo?

Yes, some issues have modified. In reality, he added a number of issues. We have a number of methods to play and my positioning adjustments in accordance to the formation he chooses. It was actually nice as a result of I study with each apply. You do one thing improper and he corrects you. The soccer is a bit of completely different from the one introduced in Brazil. Every day is to present why you got here.

You stated it wasn’t easy to get out Flamengo figuring out that the workforce has an excellent probability of successful titles this yr. If the club occurs to be champions, will you ask them to ship a medal to Turkey?

(Laughter) I do not know the way it works if he is a champion, whether or not I’m a champion or not. I managed to assist to the spherical of 16, even my final match was in opposition to Tolima. But I’ve more mates there and clearly I’ll help Flamengo. It’s exhausting to sustain with the video games from right here as a result of I’m six hours forward of the time zone. But then I see the highlights, the recreation abstract and see what you kind in Globe Sports to be in a position to monitor. And I all the time discuss to individuals and ask.

In the seven seasons you have got defended Flamengo, lived via it all, the good occasions and the unhealthy. When you look again in your trajectory, what stands out the most?

The pleasure. I believe that is the phrase. To have fulfilled my position. He was the oldest participant to have the most video games. I’m human too, I’m not going to be excellent. Since I by no means had an damage, I used to be all the time on the discipline. Of course, the individual goes via good and unhealthy phases, completely different methods, completely different coaches… and adapts. At the finish of it all, I really feel happy with what I constructed and conquered, of the legacy I left to my teammates.

When I accomplished 300 video games, the messages I received… It’s marked for my life, it’s very rewarding. I had a profitable go and was very completely happy.

His relationship with followers has additionally had its ups and downs. What do you suppose the steadiness is?

I imagine it is optimistic. The inflated payment will all the time be there. With more than 40 million followers, it’s inconceivable to please everybody. There will all the time be a band you do not like and one other you want more. This is pure for all gamers. Perhaps as a result of it is one among the oldest, it was more focused. It was the similar with the others once I was at the club. After he leaves, proceed. It appears that the older a participant will get, the more they get tagged. The largest all the time appears to be the just one.

I wasn’t at my finest at occasions, which is regular. But then I see that I used to be in a position to play and win with all the coaches. I’ve performed as a defender, full-back, first midfielder, second midfielder, winger… so I’m pleased with that. Few individuals bear in mind this, however I do know that I gave my life in each match to win. I’ve no management over whether or not I can please a component or a big half. I all the time gave my finest and nobody will be in a position to say in any other case.

Your departure from Flamengo It was very fast with out a lot warning. You most likely did not even know on the day that the match in opposition to Tolima would be your final. Did you’re feeling like one thing was lacking?

I believe you possibly can say sure. It’s not a farewell match as a result of I do not like to be the focus like that. I performed in opposition to Tolima, then I received Covid for the second time and could not take part in the different matches. I’ve that feeling, however I believe I loved each recreation I performed. I actually loved sporting this shirt. I used to be completely happy each second. I do not know if my interval is over, however it is now.

It was meant to be, I’ve that in my head.

What are your subsequent objectives with Fenerbahce? And is it true that Turks are as enthusiastic about soccer as Brazilians?

The ardour right here is as nice as that of the Brazilians. Ours took a penalty as a result of one thing was thrown on the discipline, if I’m not mistaken. All the followers who have been in the stadium that day have been banned for the subsequent recreation, all about 55,000 individuals, together with my spouse and youngsters. In the subsequent match, the stadium was stuffed with one other 55 thousand individuals. So, as well as to the variety of followers, it’s an enormous ardour. They sing and shout all the time. On the avenue, there’s this requirement that you’ve got to win, to be a champion. It is just not completely different from what I lived in Flamengo.

We have challenges in the Europa League. There are nice golf equipment however it is a dream for the club to get there. We are in a position to play an excellent position. Let’s go spherical by spherical. Winning the Turkish championship can be an enormous objective as a result of they have not gained in a number of years. The duty is nice.

Finally, ship a message to your former teammates Flamengo.

I want success to my mates, and they’re many. I wind them up, for his or her happiness. Many who’re there have helped me rather a lot and are a part of my household. I like a few of these gamers. We reside nice issues. Our households additionally exterior the province. Children develop up collectively. I want success and an excellent restoration to my good pal Denir. I pray that God will do a miracle in his life. He is a particular individual.

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