in Albert Vallci we have signed an austrian defender from league rivals FC Wacker Innsbruck. the tall all-rounder has signed a contract for our club until 30 June 2022.
The 23-year-old has played for a year and a half at the newly promoted Bundesliga side from Tyrol and played an important part in their second division title win last season. In total he played 54 matches (scoring five goals and providing eight assists) for the Innsbruck team, playing 16 times in the Tipico Bundesliga.
Sporting director Christoph Freund says on the transfer:
Albert Vallci is a quick, physically robust and fully versatile defender. He has made an impressive development in recent years and suits FC Red Bull Salzburg really well with his playing style and mentality.
first Interview with our new signing:
How do you feel so soon after signing?
I feel great. I am pleased to be here in Salzburg with everything working out so well, and I am really looking forward to my new challenge.
What are your aims as you take on this new challenge?
My personal aims haven't changed. I will give my all, of course, and try to play my part in helping the team and making an impact here in Salzburg in the long haul.
Do you have a footballing idol?
I have a few idols in football. In my position as a defender, Sergio Ramos instantly comes to mind.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I think as a person I am a pretty uncomplicated guy, who can handle any kind of situation pretty well. As a player on the pitch I have a fair bit of speed, good vision and can pass well. I would describe myself as having a strong mentality. I'm very focused and always have a clear aim in mind.
What positions can you play in?
I leave this decision to the coach of course [laughs]. Essentially, I developed as a central defender, but have played out wide a lot in recent years. I really enjoy playing either position.