Brighton & Hove Albion’s new record signing Jose Izquierdo gave a glimpse into a colourful lifestyle, which includes pets and a penchant for collecting sunglasses.
A smiling Izquierdo spoke about his fondness for animals and how he faces the task of rebuilding his extensive sunglasses collection.
“He lives better than anyone, is famous and is even on Instagram. I have a bulldog called Lucho. I like animals and they’re good company.
“I also have a lot of sunglasses, but now I have to start again because all my friends have stolen them!
“I buy sunglasses from each country. For example, we went to Turkey and I bought sunglasses there in duty free and in Spain too. Some places have different kinds of sunglasses.
“One time I had 20 or 30 kinds of sunglasses and now I have to start again! I now have to choose some good shops!”
The Colombian also revealed the unique ways in which he learned English following his move to Club Brugge.
“When I went to Brugge I didn’t understand anything. I had one very good guy at the club who was the translator that did everything for us.
“He helped me a lot with everything and we had one class per week at the club, but I understood if I did just this one class per week, I would not learn very quickly.
“Sometimes I would go to the classroom and a few hours later, I would forget what I learned. So I started to learn on my own and I put my phone in English and my computer in English. In my house I would label things on bits of paper like ‘chair’, ‘table’, ‘the wall’ and ‘the TV.’
“Each day I tried to learn different words and watch movies in English. I started to joke with my teammates at the club [in English].
“It’s been six months, I taught myself and I still practise every day. It’s easier than if I was in Colombia, because there you’d speak English for a few hours, then you leave and everything is in Spanish. Here, you would leave the class, and everybody speaks English."