Stracqualursi's 'Beautiful Dream'
Big Denis reflects on the year he spent with the Blues.
Denis Stracqualursi says playing at Goodison Park was a ‘beautiful dream’ and that he was truly humbled by the support he received.
The Argentine target man spent last season on loan with the Blues before returning home to seal a move to San Lorenzo.
His soul-baring honesty on the pitch made him a firm favourite and he admits that the backing from the stands meant a great deal to him.
“Playing in that stadium was like a beautiful dream and something which I will never forget,” the striker told evertonfc.com.
“I will be grateful all my life for the kindness with which I was treated. Some of the nicest things that happened in my life happened there.
“The year at Everton was the best year of my career and I will never forget those amazing fans.”
It wasn’t just at Goodison that Stracqualursi was appreciated.
David Moyes never shied away from praising his work ethic – something that also made him popular with his teammates.
The striker feels he learnt a great deal during his year on Merseyside and believes he is a far better player for the experience.
“I loved my time there and I enjoyed every single training session,” he explained. “I was surrounded by top, top players who were all really nice guys as well and they all helped me to feel part of the group.
“I was also lucky to have a great manager in David Moyes and I learnt so much from him.
“He is also a great person and he was always really straight with me and told me exactly what he was thinking.
“It was something which was really useful while I was there and something that will really help me in my future career.”
The hard work on the training pitch led to 28 first-team appearances as the Blues finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.
Stracqualursi played his part in the cup run, netting in the earlier rounds against Fulham and Blackpool, but the undoubted highlight of his spell was a crucial goal to clinch a 2-0 league victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park.
“Scoring that goal was the sweetest thing that happened and I felt a huge rush of emotion as a result of all the effort I had put in to reach that moment,” explained the 24-year-old.
“Reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup was fantastic as well and again highly emotional when you consider all the work the squad had put in to get there.”
Now Stracqualursi is looking forward to a fresh challenge in Buenos Aires with San Lorenzo – one of the big teams of Argentine football.
He does, however, admit he was a little disappointed not to remain on Merseyside.
“My ambitions with San Lorenzo are to win the league as it is a massive club in Argentina – and at the same time to score a lot of goals,” he said.
“It was disappointing [not to stay at Everton] because I had given my all and I would have liked to have stayed there for many years.
“I would love to come back to England and even more so to come back to Everton. The reason is because of all the lovely memories and how well I was treated by the supporters.
“My family absolutely loved living in Liverpool. We enjoyed being at the ground and all the people there – it was a great life experience for all of us.
“I really love Everton and will always have a soft spot for the place. I send all my best wishes to the Club and its supporters for the new season.”