Wednesday Jun 17, 2020. 09:00
Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi says playing in the Spanish La Liga helped him to become a complete player.
The 27-year-old striker spent the 2019/20 season on loan at French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais from Spanish club Villarreal.
Toko Ekambi was recently purchased by Lyon from Villarreal and he says he does not regret returning to France where he was born and bred.
“I came on loan and I am now a Lyon player for the next four years, it is a point of pride. This is one of the biggest clubs in France and I feed on this atmosphere of professionalism which will serve me all my life,” Toko Ekambi told the club’s official website.
“I have no regrets regarding my experience in Spain. These are the ups and downs of a football career, I do not see my return to France at all as a failure.
“The Spanish league surprised me, it was a very technical league and it was the consistency of La Liga that shocked me the most. Each team plays for the win and there is almost never an easy game. Training is systematically focused on the ball, it’s a world apart. We rarely change according to the opponent.
“Each team, from the top of the table to the relegation zone, will play to their philosophy until the end, no matter who the opponent is. When you love football and beautiful play, Spain is a must [go].”
Toko Ekambi, who played Angers in Ligue 1 before moving to Villarreal in 2018, described himself as a versatile player, who can also play in midfield.
“At Angers, I played centrally, and at Villarreal also during the first season. Coming here, due to the fact that I am a versatile player, I had no problem playing on the wing, I put myself at the service of the team,” he added.
“But it’s true that I really like playing in the middle, it’s up to me to prove that I can play there next season. Spain has allowed me to progress technically.
“At Angers, we played very vertically, without necessarily needing to develop our qualities in tight spaces. This move to La Liga has allowed me to become a more complete, finer player.”
Toko Ekambi played 52 games in La Liga and scored 16 goals for Villarreal between 2018 and 2020.