Míchel, coach of Girona, calls “short-minded” those who do not understand that he wants to learn Catalan

The Madrilenian Michelactually called Miguel Angel Sanchez Munoz yesterday made a passionate defense of the need to learn Catalan in these times when the language is once again in the political trigger. The coach of Girona, 46, appeared before the microphones of the SER, where he was asked if he is getting loose with the language. “Yes, yes, I’ve already dropped a few things. It’s necessary. It’s part of my education. That’s how my parents have taught me in the neighborhood, in Vallecas. It is a neighborhood that attracts many working people who feel at home from the first moment. It seems to me that the best way to integrate into my environment is to be able to speak Catalan and whoever wants to understand it well and whoever doesn’t… seems short-minded to me”.

Michel, who has been in charge of Girona since this season, had already given on other occasions his will to fully integrate into the city and learn Catalan. In fact, he asked journalists weeks ago to ask him in Catalan at a press conference without any problem.

“I want to know all the culture and tradition here. I have felt super well treated and loved. Damn, they have taught me this: that I have to be a person who knows how to adapt and empathize with the culture and the place that, on top of that, they’re giving me a job. So I’m grateful and I want to be here for a long time to be able to ‘parlar català’ with you. It’s going to take time. Yesterday I was at the Fair soaking up the culture here. I like being with my city” he said at a press conference.

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In Rac1 he made statements like that, about his intention to learn the language. “LThe we would all do If we went to England we would try to learn English as quickly as possible to be able to communicate in a place that makes me happy. And to be happier, the more you are with people, the better. And to be with people I have to have a dialogue with them. If not, it’s screwed.”

After some difficult beginnings, in which it was difficult for the team to string together good results, Míchel’s Girona has come back and has already moved into playoff positions. On Saturday he faces Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey, the team in which Míchel stood out as a player and started as a coach.


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