Real Mallorca coach Aguirre impressed by Kadewere’s attitude

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GETAFE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Tino Kadewere (R) of RCD Mallorca wins the header before Omar Alderete (L) of Getafe CF during the LaLiga Santander match between Getafe CF and RCD Mallorca at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on December 30, 2022 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre has backed Zimbabwe international Tino Kadewere to make an impact at the Spanish topflight club.

Kadewere made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean to play in the Spanish LaLiga when he finally made his league debut against Getafe on Friday night.

The 26-year-old forward, who is on loan from French side Lyon, was introduced as a substitute for Lee Kang-in in the 82nd minute but was unable to rescue his side as they succumbed to a 2-0 away loss.

Javier Aguirre

In his post-match press conference, Aguirre said he has been impressed by the character showed by Kadewere after his frustrating start to life in Spain.

Kadewere suffered a devastating long-term injury soon after joining the club.

“Well, Tino (Kadewere) had a serious injury. When he arrived, his parent club, the French team (Lyon), did not want him to have surgery, but he had a rather ugly private affair and he got ahead,” Aguirre said.

The Mexican manager acknowledged that the way he set up his team against Getafe did not complement Kadewere’s qualities but said he has been impressed by his character during his short stary at the club.

“He is a boy with very good character and today we put him in a 4-4-2 in a position that does not correspond to him, because he is a striker or playmaker. But the little he did I think was in line with the game, neither for better nor for worse.

“But I wait for him and he will give us things. I am very happy with his attitude, which is fundamental. The boy puts a lot of effort into it he even makes an effort to speak Spanish and he’s going to give us joy,” added Aguirre.

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