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Gameiro: "I believe I can play for a top European club"

The Sevilla striker believes he has "a 20 percent chance" of going to the Euros with France and says he feels at home at the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Gameiro: "I believe I can play for a top European club"
Julio Muñoz EFE

Kevin Gameiro is enjoying a fine spell of form at Sevilla and has half an eye on the European Championships in France, although he admits he has only a “20 percent chance” of making Didier Deschamps’ squad for the tournament this summer.

In an interview with francefootball.fr, the striker spoke about his future and where he thinks his career could take him. “I think I could play for a top European club. You always have to aim for the top, I don’t think I have any limits and if I get the chance to play for a club at that level, I won’t deprive myself of it.”

Gameiro analysed his form at Sevilla this season and said the Spanish league is suited to his game. “Sevilla is a great club, a family club, and I feel at home here. La Liga is also well-suited to my style of play. In my first two seasons I had a great competitor and we had to share out playing time. But this season I have been able to convince the coach that I am worth a starting place and I have played more games. He knows me very well.”

Gameiro added he had no regrets about leaving PSG: “There came a moment when I had to make a decision. I don’t regret it. I didn’t want to stay there to play 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. Since I moved here I’ve won two Europa Leagues and we’ve finished fifth twice. You have to know how best to make your way in life.”

Of his chances of making the France squad for the Euros, Gameiro was not overly optimistic. “Is it unfair? I couldn’t say that. Sevilla isn’t a club that is very well known or followed in France, and that could work against me. We’ll see what happens. I’m here, I’m scoring goals every weekend, but I can’t make the coach call me. If he has his squad, his players… it’s more difficult for me. At a club you always have the possibility of changing the coach’s mind with your work in training every day and your progress, but it’s not the same with national teams. I don’t know if there’s a place for me, but I think I at least deserve an opportunity. All I would say [to Deschamps] is to look at my statistics. The truth is in there. I don’t want to get involved in media campaigns. He knows me, he knows my strengths and weaknesses.”