TITO ASKED FOR PETACO'S VIEWS
Posted on: Tue 08 Jan 2008
Tito Villa consulted a former Derby fans' favourite as he considered a £2m move to the Premier League with Derby County.
The 25-year-old was once a team-mate of Horacio Carbonari - the Rams' then-record signing in 1998 - when the pair were together at Rosario Central in 2005.
And he got the views of the man known as Petaco - or bazooka in English - before making his mind up on a switch to Pride Park.
Speaking to www.dcfc.co.uk
through his interpreter, Santiago Sluzewski, Tito said: "When I was in Argentina I played at Rosario Central with Horacio.
"He said many good things about the club so that is one of the reasons why I decided to come here."
Tito put pen to paper last week on a three-and-a-half-year deal after agreeing terms on his move from Mexican side UAG Tecos.
His international clearance arrived on Tuesday morning and he was unveiled to the media later in the day.
The hit-man is available for Saturday's clash with Wigan Athletic and admits he would happily play tomorrow, such is his excitement about the switch.
And he has no concerns about arriving at a club deep in relegation trouble.
"I will fight until the last minute of the last match, and if we go to the Championship I will still be fighting to get back next year," he said.
"If I thought that the club was already relegated I wouldn't have come - there is always a chance."
Tito - Santiago compares him, in the way he plays the game, to Alan Shearer - says he has experience of relegation battles.
"I am not worried, I am focused, my football life hasn't always been easy so I know what this is all about," he added.
"I have been with teams in the same situation and some have got through, but some haven't.
"I am pleased to be here in the Premier League at a huge club where everyone has been very friendly since the first day.