We caught up with David Ospina to discuss his early career, playing at the World Cup and moving to Arsenal. You can read a full transcript of the interview below:
Just how big was football in Colombia? Was it a sport that all the kids played?
"Football was always first sport in Colombia. You live it with great passion. All the games are followed with real intensity. We do carry that feeling in our insides and try to show it on the pitch.
"I was raised in a family that always loved football. So my parents enrolled me into a football academy and that was when this great dream started for me. Now I hope to keep dreaming and keep fulfilling the expectations and also the targets we set.
"Birthday presents were always football kits, boots, balls. These were what I liked the most and what I'm still passionate about. I'm pleased with God for this gift and opportunity he gave me to do what I like most."
Were you always a goalkeeper?
"No. I started out as a striker scoring goals. But as fate would have it, we were missing our goalkeeper for one match and I asked the coach to be in goal.I wanted to try to see how it worked. Since then I showed my skills. I enjoyed it, that was when everything started for me so I stayed in goal."
What are your memories of the 2014 World Cup?
"It was something very important for us, also for the national team itself and for our country. The whole of Colombia supported the team. We wanted to display a good performance at the World Cup. Fortunately, and thanks to God, we did.
"Of course we wanted more as players and as a team. But we did perform well at the World Cup and we left a good basis for the future.
"It was amazing. Wearing the shirt of the national team made us feel so proud. Also helping to provide with happiness to Colombia. For us, the players, that's the most valuable thing."
When did you find out you were moving to Arsenal?
"Just after the World Cup my agent told me about this interest of Arsenal. But you know that in these football negotiations you have to be patient until the clubs agree and the move is finally sealed. Fortunately in the end it worked out for everyone and this great opportunity was such great news for me. So I'll try to make the most of it.
"I was so happy to arrive in one of the best clubs in the world. So from now on every bit of me will give its best at training so I can make the most of my chance once it comes."
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