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The first week of the pre-season has been tough for Eldar Ćivić. 21 years old Bosnian back talks about his first days with the new club and his impression of the training camp in Františkovy Lázně.

Eldar, how are you getting used to the new club?

It actually took me some time to get to know the teammates, the team and the city. Compared to Uherské Hradiště, Prague is much bigger and it will take some time to get used to living here. But I’m doing well so far. And we spend most of our time at training camps these days anyway.

Were you nervous, on your way to the first training session?

A bit. But I travelled with Vuk, so I had a friend with me. Mostly I was just looking forward to it, it’s another step in my career. I’m happy to be here. I had worked hard for this, during my time in Slovácko. The transfer will make me a better player for sure.

You mentioned Vukadin. You two were close friends even before joining Sparta, right?

Yes. Actually, we were together pretty much all the time, visiting each other in our cities. It’s amazing to be here together. I knew him from league matches even before, he has a great potential.

You had to defend him in matches against Zlín. How was it?

It was fast... We played each other twice. And I’m glad I’m on the same team now.

Back to Sparta. What’s the most interesting part of Stramaccioni’s trainings for you?

Actually it’s the overall process. We work a lot and I like that. When I work hard, I know I will enter the season physically ready, not lacking stamina or strength.

The trainings seem to be really exhausting, with all the cross-fit workouts and intense running exercises. How are you dealing with that?

I got injured at the end of last season, I even couldn’t play for Bosnian U21 against Switzerland, so the pre-season has been tough for me since the start. But I’m getting there, my legs seem heavy, but no pain, no gain.

Fans discuss whether you’re a defenceman or a midfielder. How do you feel about that?

At Slovácko, I played the first part of the season in the midfield, then I moved back to the defence. Personally, I don’t care. I’m a defender in the national team. Anyway, even as a defender I can get to places good for crossing the ball to the box. And the coaches require that.

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