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Juanfran: "When I am called upon to play I will give my best"

Logotipo de AS AS 03/06/2014 Joaquín Maroto, EP

Atlético Madrid full back Juanfran Torres has spoken of his belief that club teammate Diego Costa will be “an important player” at the Brazil World Cup and also expressed his gratitude to Vicente del Bosque for the coach’s faith in calling him up to the squad.

Diego Costa will be one of the most important players at the World Cup. Right now I see the team stronger, more competitive team and with the desire to win the title again,” Juanfran said in a joint press conference with Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla. “I am very happy to be with the best team in the world.”

Juanfran (right) and Santi Cazorla at Tuesday's press conference. © PAUL J. RICHARDS Juanfran (right) and Santi Cazorla at Tuesday's press conference.

Speaking in Washington, where Spain is preparing to face El Salvador on Saturday in their final warm-up match before the tournament, Juanfran said that he is close to full fitness after recovering from an ankle injury that had initially cast his selection in doubt. “When I am called upon to play I will give my best.”

Both Juanfran and Costa, who also nearly missed out with a hamstring problem, trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.

The United States: “Washington is a wonderful city to prepare for the World Cup. We are very comfortable here. We are so focused here, living and breathing the team 24 hours a day, that we are not thinking about anything else.”

Satisfaction: “It is an honor and a matter of pride to be with the best team in the world and the best teammates in the world. We are going to put our heart and soul [into the tournament] and this team has it.”

The World Cup: “The strongest and most competitive team will win the World Cup. This squad wants to win again. This team is not going to tire before, during or after the World Cup.”

Koke: “He is already one of the best in the world, he is the present and the future of the Spain team and he will help us to continue winning things with Atlético and Spain.”

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