Joel hints at Premier League return

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JOEL Robles has said that if his impressive loan period at Wigan last season doesn’t help get him more game time at Athletico Madrid, he would consider a move back to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old was superb during his spell at the DW Stadium, wrestling the number one jersey from Ali Al Habsi to become a regular feature in Roberto Martinez’s line up.

“I’ve been 11 years at this club and I’ve a lot to thank them for, but not everything ends with Atletico,” said Joel.

“I’d like to be a success but if that is not to be then I’d like to play in the Premier League again.

“I was very surprised by it and with the respect shown to both players and fans.

“I was very happy with my experience of the Premier League but it was a blow to suffer relegation to the Championship.

“The players did not deserve it after the good year we had but we did get rewarded with winning the FA Cup.”

The Spanish under-21 international reckons his experiences with Wigan have only served to improve his game.

However, he knows that if regular goalkeepr Thibaut Courtois remains at Atletico then his chances may be few and far between.

He still wants to fight for his place though and is determined to impress manager Diego Simeone.

“I still have a year left on my contract with Atletico but nobody has said anything to me yet,” he said.

“But I would like to be given the opportunity and they should show the patience a coach should have with a goalkeeper.

“I feel as though I’m maturing and playing in games is how you get to know about yourself.

“I see myself as more experienced, more enthusiastic, because at Atletico I hardly got any minutes, but I am mentally stronger now.

“I went to Wigan to play and after being on trial for two weeks finally ended up in the team and was an FA Cup winner.”