Borussia Dortmund's blistering forward Paco Alcacer says he is delighted with his move to the Bundesliga, where he is thriving just the way he had dreamed of, and where he can imagine staying longer than just a year.
The Spanish forward has scored six goals in only 81 minutes on the field for the Westphalians, and is leading the Bundesliga scoring charts despite not having yet started a game. He arrived in the summer on loan from Barcelona and admits he is living the dream in Germany.
"I'm just so happy in Dortmund," he told the BILD newspaper as he jetted out to Madrid to link up with the Spain national team. "BVB was just the right step for me at the right time. It's just great to play for Borussia, with these incredible fans behind you. I felt good right from day one at BVB."
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Alcacer arrived with a niggling injury and this, and other slight setbacks, has caused him to spend much of his time on the bench so far this season, but even while not being 100 per cent fit, he has shown what sort of an impact he can make.
A goal on his debut against Eintracht Frankfurt set the tone, with two following against Bayer Leverkusen and a hat-trick on Matchday 7 against Augsburg. He also scored in the 3-0 win over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League. Indeed, whenever Alcacer has taken to the field, he has scored – and Dortmund have won.
"The club, the team and the fans have really made me feel welcome here," said the 25-year-old. "I just try to pay them back with my effort and goals." With one every 13.5 minutes on the field, he is certainly delivering on that promise.
"It's almost like a modern-day fairy tale," enthused Dortmund's general manager Michael Zorc. "Nobody would have expected Paco to work out so well, so soon."
His return to the Spain squad is his first reward for an outstanding scoring rate, and he hopes to return further refreshed from international duty and take the next step in his Dortmund career by starting in the Bundesliga.
"You've got to make strong decisions in circumstances like the one I was in and in two years at Barcelona, I was hardly ever a starter and things were not going the way I wanted them to," he said. "This is why I looked for a place where I could be a starter, and I left Barcelona to be happy and above all to get a regular game."
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Long may it go on too, for Dortmund and Alcacer. "I can imagine staying more than a year in Dortmund," he said. "Goals are important to me, but being happy within a team is even more important."
He is not the only person happy in Dortmund right now, with Lucien Favre's men leading the way heading into the international break. The only unbeaten side remaining in the Bundesliga, they already have a three-point advantage over RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin, while defending champions Bayern Munich are a further point behind.
Favre's fantastic five are challenging Bayern's recent dominance and Marco Reus has admitted the feelgood factor is back, with Mario Götze scoring on his return and Alcacer finding the back of the net at will. It is a good time to be in Dortmund, and Alcacer is grateful for it.