Pros 11.11.2021 — 11:03 Uhr

Aarón: “Just really happy with how well things are going“

The full-back speaks about his return to Mainz, a difficult period in his career and his aims with FSV

Aarón and Paul Nebel stand over a set piece on the opening matchday against Leipzig

It’s a little over 10 months since Aarón Martín left 1. FSV Mainz 05 on loan to sign for Spanish side Celta Vigo – “it wasn’t an easy period,” reflected the full-back. Today, over four months after he returned to the Zerofivers, the situation is completely different. Instead of dwelling on the past, the Spaniard is “fully focused on the here and now! I’m simply really happy with how well things are going.”

The 24-year-old has appeared nine times in all competitions for Mainz this season, which is already four more appearances than he made before the winter break last term. It’s a development that has even surprised coach Bo Svensson:

I can see now that he’s really enjoying the way we play football

It’s no secret that I didn’t think that Aarón would become a key player here. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay at the club and we weren’t sure if he was the right player for us. We had lots of conversations and he accepted the situation brilliantly. Aarón simply got on with things and he delivered once we needed him. I can see now that he’s really enjoying the way we play football. He’s got lots of potential and will keep working hard,” said our head coach.

We’ve got a lot of quality and we’re all working together

Aarón himself is less surprised with his current role, and knows the reasons for his form: “I train well and I work hard. I want to make the coach’s decision on who plays in each position as difficult as possible. Nevertheless, I’m self-critical and I know I need to continue working hard in order to keep this up and to make further progress.” The left-footed defender also had plenty of praise for the rest of his team: “We’ve got a lot of quality and we’re all working together. We’re all hungry and ready to work hard every day with confidence. We’re mentally strong too.”

That mental strength has increased recently, for Aarón too after a difficult year. “I had the experience of recovering from a bad phase and took the positives from it. I can deal with bad situations better now and this mental strength really helps me on the pitch too.” One positive from Aarón’s time in Spain was the 20 league appearances he made in the second half of 2020/21 for Celta Vigo. 

Confidence and momentum

With some momentum from the minutes he earned in Spain, plus the excitement to see his Mainz teammates again, the former Spain U21 international returned to the club in the summer. The fact that he’s now helping the team out on the pitch makes him even happier. “I want to play an important role. I already take a lot of set pieces and I want to assist more goals.”

Aarón also has confidence regarding the rest of the season with FSV. The club are unbeaten in four games, have reached the round of 16 in the DFB-Pokal and are seventh in the Bundesliga table. “If we carry on fighting hard for 90 minutes in every game then the results will continue to be positive.”