National team: Spain Under-21s.
Previous club: Espanyol.
What will you do on Christmas Day?
I don’t know yet! My family will stay in Spain because my grandparents are old now so everyone will stay at home with them, then some of my family will come here to London on December 26 and stay for three or four days.
How does this differ from past Christmases for you?
My parents have a big house in Girona so normally we have a big family gathering there with my parents, my uncles, my grandfathers, my brothers – everyone! This year it’s nice to have football matches to prepare for – it’s certainly different to what I’ve been used to but I think it will be nice to see all the young children at the stadiums enjoying watching their teams over Christmas.
What is traditional at Christmas in Spain?
In Catalonia we typically have Tio, which is a piece of log from a tree that you have to take care of in your house. From December 8 you have to leave food for Tio every day – some people also cover it in a red blanket. The idea is to take care of Tio leading up to Christmas, then on December 24 or December 25 you sing a song and hit the log, which then magically gives you some presents.
What is your favourite festive meal?
Normally we have a soup with garlic, then for seconds we have some meat with potatoes, vegetables and sauce.
What do you wish for at Christmas?
I wish that the team has a good season this year. We are out of the Champions League but we are a very good team and we want to put on a good performance this season in the Premier League.
What was your most memorable gift as a child?
Tio once gave me a dog! He was an English bulldog called Lolo – definitely the best present I ever got!
Yesterday it was Vincent Janssen in the hot seat. Tomorrow we’ll hear from Moussa Sissoko to round off the series…