Dani Olmo, the "Croatian" of the Spanish team sub'21

Dani Olmo, the "Croatian" of the Spanish team sub'21

When Luis de la Fuente convened him in October for European qualifiers against Albania and Iceland, Dani Olmo had not been called by the Spanish junior teams for two years. Santi Denia had been the last to count on him in the sub'18, but he did not lose hope or desire to compete with the Red despite the insistence sw the Croatian federation in nationalizing him to play with the senior team. «It has been a moment of great illusion. I have been working for a long time for this and that the coach has decided to give me thirty minutes has been a pride ", said the day of his debut against Albania.

The coach repeated over and over again that his call did not respond to the fear that Croatia would snatch it from the Red. «Dani Olmo is in a moment of maturity and very important performance. We are going to try to take advantage of it, "he said at the time of announcing that call. Dani grew up in La Masia, but chose secondary roads to reach the elite. He was already international in the lower categories and it is logical that he would have stayed at Barcelona in search of an opportunity in the first team or a transfer to a club with the endorsement of being a Barça squad player.

But at the age of 16, he decided to accept Dinamo Zagreb's offer, a team far from the first continental level but which gave him the opportunity to grow. The year of his departure he only played five games with the first team, but was integrated from the beginning with the majors. The opportunity to train every day with the first level players helped him to learn and improve. The presence of his family, who moved with him to Zagreb, made it easier for him to change. In Dinamo, he not only had to adapt to a new country, a different language and customs. He also had to make changes in his game. He came to Croatia being an extreme, but quickly the technicians observed in him qualities that could make him more valid playing inside. He started to move as a playmaker and now he feels more comfortable in that position, although Luis de la Fuente uses him in both positions. The president of his team, Mirko Barisic, has assured that Dani "is better than Boban and Prosinecki at his age". «I see Dani Olmo very strong. He has a sense of goal, a lot of speed and a lot of quality, "says Davor Suker, the president of the Croatian Federation.

"We were very close to doing the roles to play with us. It's a shame, "lamented a few months ago the former player of Sevilla and Real Madrid. Suker sees Olmo playing sooner rather than later in a higher level team. Maybe this European Championship will serve as a push to reach a club that regularly plays the Champions League. It is the aim of the footballer, although for now he prefers to focus on being European champion with Spain. His entry into the line-up after the second match contributed to the improvement of the team and he has already scored two goals to bring Spain closer to the goal of winning his fifth Eurocopa sub'21.

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