Luis Fabiano targets improvement
The La Liga season may still have one round to go, but Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has already started thinking about the next campaign, which on a personal level he hopes will be an improvement on this one.
It has not been a bad season for the Brazil international, who has scored eight goals to help Sevilla guarantee themselves a third-placed finish no matter what happens in this weekend's final round, but that pales in comparison to his efforts from last year.
Then, the 28-year-old slammed home 24 goals in 30 league matches and was only denied the Pichichi award after being overtaken in the final straight by Mallorca's Dani Guiza, who netted 16 times in the last 13 games.
That is the kind of form Luis Fabiano is hoping to return to next season under coach Manolo Jimenez, who it was confirmed yesterday would be having his contract renewed, tying him to the Andalusian club at least until next summer.
"It's not been the season that I'd hoped for, but it's been a good season for the goals scored in all competitions, and for the targets we've achieved," said Luis Fabiano. "I had a couple of injuries and it was hard to be 100 per cent, but I hope to be there next season, to be the Luis Fabiano that everyone expects, the one that played last season."
Regarding Sevilla's season as a whole, the former Porto man said: "We've achieved our goals, we're happy for that because we've suffered a lot throughout the season.
"We've made it into the Champions League and now we're very happy because Sevilla are back among the great teams, which is very important for us.
"Now we have some holiday time coming up to rest and return well for next season, which is going to be very important, with the Champions League and trying to win a title. Sevilla are a great club and the great clubs have to fight for titles."