The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich this summer is likely to add a whole new wave of interest from Spain in the Bundesliga. The countries popularity with Spaniards has increased with one of the world's top managers joining the European champions. Few will be watching the countries 2nd division though, unless of course they reside from Catalonia.
During the transfer window defender Román Golobart turned down a new deal at Wigan Athletic to sign a three-year contract with FC Köln. "It was a little bit too late to get a deal done," he told LaLigaUK exclusively, "I just wanted to go home in the summer with the idea of where I was going to be and things in Wigan with Roberto having in his mind he was leaving, were not pushed or rushed."
"He brought the kind of players who fitted into his way of playing football. Which is one of the hardest things he will face at Everton, having an already formed team."
The centre-back spent four years at Wigan including loan-spells at Inverness and Tranmere Rovers. He made only eight appearances in total for The Latics, but did make the majority of those in the FA Cup winning run of last year. Was he disappointed at the lack of opportunities? "yeah, a lot. I can understand people thinking I'm so young and making statements like this, but I know a lot of footballers and my father was a footballer as well, when so many things don't happen in your head, it's so frustrating."
Golobart will be looking to put those frustrations behind him at FC Köln, but at just 21 years-old he has time on his side. Not being paid and a lack of professionalism at times were reasons why he wanted to leave Spain and so he could "have some freedom." Few players will ever experience the joys of winning the worlds oldest cup competition and the lows of being relegated in the same season as he admits: "now time has passed we can taste it a little bit better, but then it was crazy it didn't feel like winning anything."
He hopes former manager Roberto Martinez does well at Everton explaining: "he controls the minds of the players, that's one of his biggest assets," before adding "he brought the kind of players who fitted into his way of playing football. Which is one of the hardest things he will face at Everton, having an already formed team." The club from Merseyside do have a phenomenal strike-force in Golobart's opinion, even before the deadline day deal for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku. On former teammate Arouna Koné he commented: "you have to get to the ball before him, otherwise what can you do" and having faced Nikica Jelavić in his time in Scotland he said: "this guy knows what he is doing, he thinks when he plays not only fights."
For Golobart obtaining regular first-team football is the plan, but he is happy to be plying his trade in Cologne: "it's the place you want to be, like in any other world such as fashion or music, England and Germany are the places to be."
The full transcript from Román Golobart's interview will be published later this week, with half of it appearing on bundesligafootball.co.uk, he talks about Germany, Wigan, Callum McManaman and playing in a three-man defence.