Talented Winger Reportedly Hands in Transfer Request to Club
Various media sources are claiming that talented Sevilla winger Victor Machin, known to fans as Vitolo, has handed in a transfer request to manager Unai Emery after disputes with both him and assistant manager Juan Carlos Carcedo about the lack of first team football that he has been graced with during this season.
Vitolo was born in Las Palmas. He came through the youth ranks at hometown club UD Las Palmas, playing for two years with the B-team before making the breakthrough in the 2010–11 season, with the Canary Islands side in the second division; he made his debut on 28 August 2010, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–2 home win against Gimnàstic de Tarragona, and scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 defeat of AD Alcorcón on 11 September, also at home. On 27 November 2010, in another home fixture, against Rayo Vallecano, Vitolo sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his right knee that ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
Vitolo joined Sevilla FC on 28 June 2013, after agreeing to a four-year contract. He made his debut in La Liga on 18 August by featuring the full 90 minutes in a 1–3 home loss to Atlético Madrid, and scored his first goal in the competition on 10 November, contributing to a 3–1 success at RCD Espanyol. In his first season in Andalusia Vitolo played 45 games all competitions comprised, and scored eight times – this included four in 16 matches in the club's victorious run in the UEFA Europa League. On 12 March 2015 he scored the fastest-ever goal in the continental competition, finding the net after just 13 seconds to help to a 3–1 away win against fellow Spaniards Villarreal CF; with three league goals in March – half of his total for the season up to then – he was voted La Liga Player of the Month. On 27 May 2015, Vitolo assisted Carlos Bacca's winning goal as Sevilla retained their Europa League crown with a 3–2 victory against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Warsaw.
The transfer request comes in light of the fact that Vitolo has been pushed out of the squad by currently-favoured wingers Jose Antonio Reyes, the captain of the Sevilla side, and Eugene Konoplyanka, who are both enjoying football at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and are currently in excellent form, contributing to most of Sevilla's scorelines via goals and assists in recent weeks.