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Ulises Davila eyes Chelsea and El Tri

Updated: November 29, 2011, 12:04 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr.

Chelsea's signing of 20-year-old Mexican attacking midfielder Ulises Davila in August surprised many. Certainly Davila had established himself worldwide with a standout performance for Mexico's under-20 World Cup third place team, but nobody expected a move to Europe so quickly. After all, Davila had played in just 19 games for Chivas, all as a substitute. A move to one of Europe's biggest clubs seemed ambitious.

The move seemed more plausible once Chelsea announced Davila would go on a season-long loan to Dutch club Vitesse. So far, Davila has experienced some frustrations. He's played just three times for Vitesse's first team, though his recent stint with the reserve team (3 goals in 3 games) is promising.

With Carlos Vela still an afterthought, Giovani Dos Santos languishing on the bench with Tottenham, and Pablo Barrera seeing a lack of minutes recently with Zaragoza, Davila may be Mexico's most promising attacking player in Europe not named Chicharito.

Davila, along with holding midfielder Jorge Enriquez, may be the first of the U-20 team to soon get a call up with the senior national team. Davila took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us in his first at length interview since joining Vitesse.

Q: What have the first few months been like?

A: It's been a beautiful thing coming over here but it's been a true change in all aspects of my life. So many things have influenced what has happened to me here -- the weather, the language. But's it's been a good change for me. Overall, it's been challenging adjusting to the style of play here, which is quicker, stronger. The weather has been difficult. For the past week we've been training with a hint of snow. But I've tried to adjust. It hasn't been snowing a ton, but in the morning the pitch is covered with frost.


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