Aragones concerned by Spanish exodus | World Soccer

Spain coach Luis Aragones has admitted he would prefer it if all his players were based at home.

With Xabi Alonso, Jose Reina, Luis Garcia and Fernando Morientes selected, Liverpool provided four players for Aragones latest squad but the former Real Mallorca coach would prefer to select from players based in Spain.

“I would love them all to be playing in the big teams in Spain, in the [UEFA] Champions League and the Uefa Cup,” said Aragones.

“But it can be a positive to move to great clubs like Liverpool, but these players were playing for sides like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“To learn about a different style of football is enriching but it would be better for me if they were here.

“Spain is traditionally a league that imports players, it is difficult to understand though when players like Raul at Real Madrid could lose his place in the Real Madrid starting team because of this.

“It is not something that happens at the bigger clubs either.

“There are plenty of teams that are made up almost completely of non-Spanish players and we have to know the answer to it.”

Aragones also explained his decision to recall Morientes, despite the striker’s poor run of form since moving to Liverpool in January.

The 29-year-old netted twice in the 3-1 win over CSKA Sofia in midweek, and Aragones is confident he can continue to admirably serve the national side.

“Goalscorers can go through times when things do not go right, but I have followed him recently,” Aragones continued.

“Morientes has always played well for Spain and has experience and is important both for scoring goals and for his all-round game.”

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