Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau has played down speculation of a move to Japanese club Yokohama following his side’s 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
Gombau has reportedly been linked to Yokohama after the club recently sacked it’s coach, but Gombau was in no mood to speculate after his Adelaide side reclaimed second spot on the table with a Pablo Sanchez brace in Gosford.
“I am a professional and if I don’t see a contract, for me it means nothing,” he said.
“I am happy here. I am a man who likes to start and finish a project and I am not a man who will leave the team in the middle of the season.
I know the media puts rumours (out there), but I need to accept (that).
“The people who know me, the people in the club, the players are the most important. I want to be here and I want to work hard. I want to do what I am doing.”
When pushed on the rumour, Gombau repeated: “If you don’t have something in paper, for me, it’s nothing.“
“For me important is what I am doing, I am happy here. I have this opportunity.
“Of course I won’t stay in Australia my whole life, I am Spanish and I will leave, but not in the middle of the season.”
Gombau agreed that his side didn’t have it all its own way in the first half against the Mariners, but once they went ahead, the game was effectively over.
“The game was very equal until we scored. We had two chances, but they also had opportunities. After we scored two goals it’s another game, because we tried to keep possession of the ball and tried to win the game.
“We are so happy, it’s not easy to win away but we did that in the three games we’ve played away this year.”
He said he was also looking forward to the highly anticipated match against third placed side Melbourne Victory next weekend.
“It’s a very important game, we play away, we’re close on the table and there’s a historic rivalry between Adelaide and Melbourne Victory and we’ll go and try to get the win.
“This will be our challenge. In terms of points, it’s not important because there’s still a lot of games in front (of us).
“I enjoy winning and tomorrow start to prepare the game away against the Victory and I think we can do a good job there.“