Osvaldo eyes Espanyol armband
Striker wants to become skipper after committing his future
Last Updated: July 14, 2011 5:26pm
Osvaldo: Would relish the opportunity to take over from De la Pena
Dani Osvaldo has staked his claim for the captain's armband at Espanyol after insisting he wants to stay with the club.
The 25-year-old striker has been linked with Tottenham, Fulham and Atletico Madrid this summer after bagging 13 goals from 22 Primera Liga starts last season.
Osvaldo has returned to training with Espanyol, with whom he is under contract until 2015.
And the Argentina-born forward has moved to end the speculation over his future by claiming he has no intention of leaving the Barcelona-based outfit.
"I'm happy to be here," he told El Mundo Deportivo. "I'm only thinking about Espanyol and it shows that I want to stay.
"I'm focused on the work here and on the team."
And with captain Ivan de la Pena having announced his retirement at the end of last season, Osvaldo wants to show his commitment to Espanyol by becoming their new skipper.
"I would like to be (captain) in order to show that I want to stay," he said.
"But that is for my team-mates to decide, they are the ones who should choose.
"I feel very part of the team's identity and I'm very committed to the project. I would love to be captain."