When Hertha BSC fly out to their training camp in Florida on January 2nd, there will be a new face on the plane. Santiago Ascacibar completed his transfer to the club from VfB Stuttgart and in addition to his own clear plan, feels a lot of anticipation ahead of this new challenge. “In the short-term, my first aim is to integrate well and then become a regular starter in the team,” said the 22-year-old Argentine. “I firmly believe that I can continue my development at Hertha BSC and am very happy to be here!” In his first interview as a blue and white, Ascacibar spoke with herthabsc.de about his first impressions of the capital, what he does in his spare time, and his reasons for his decision to move to Berlin.
herthabsc.de: Santiago, welcome to Berlin! What were your main reasons for transferring to Hertha BSC?
Ascacibar: Thanks a lot! Hertha is a big club, which represents a very exciting challenge for me. I firmly believe that I can continue my development as a player here and keep being the best player I can be, so I’m very happy to be here now!
herthabsc.de: What are your goals for your time with this club, both in the next six months and longer term?
Ascacibar: In the short-term my first goal with a new club is always to integrate well and then become a regular starter. I’ll work hard to achieve that and try my best. In the longer-term, the goal is to get into the UEFA Europa or Champions League and also to start playing for silverware!
herthabsc.de: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Ascacibar: Ah, now that’s a tricky question (laughs). I would say that I am first and foremost a professional, who is always 100% committed to helping out the team. I give everything on the pitch to help my team!