Carlos Mendes Gomes: From Madrid to Morecambe

Photograph courtesy of Morecambe Football Club with prior written approval

We are speaking the day after Morecambe’s 2-2 draw away at Forest Green Rovers. You scored the equaliser late into added time. How would you sum up the emotion of scoring such a crucial goal?

It was a good moment for me but the main thing was the effort and commitment of the team. We worked really hard and never gave up.

I think we deserved more from the game to be honest but it was nice to play a big part in scoring a crucial goal against a team who are considered to be favourites for promotion.

How would you sum up the season at Morecambe so far?

“The Globe – Morecambe FCs New Home” byletscommunicate is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It’s been such an enjoyable season for me and for our squad. Many people from the outside may be surprised to see us in the position that we are but I think we deserve to be where we are.

We have quality players in our squad and I’m learning so much from my teammates each and every day and trying to improve my game day by day.

What is it like to work under a manager such as Derek Adams?

He’s been massively important for me. He’s given me the confidence to express myself and to believe in myself.

He deserves so much credit for the job that he is doing because he’s helped me as a player and shaped a very good squad which is why I’m not surprised by where we are in the table.

How would you describe the club as a whole because you seem to be really enjoying life at the club?

It’s a great club. I’m gutted that our fans haven’t been able to be at the games to watch us live this season and enjoy the games with us.

Morecambe will always be a home to me because the club gave me my first professional contract and I’m really enjoying every moment at the club.

Your life story is very interesting. Born in Senegal before moving to Spain and then to Manchester. What was it like growing up in Spain?

I moved to Spain when I was two years old so I don’t remember much from my time in Senegal. Spain is my home as I grew up there and that’s where I learned to play football.

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I had to move from Lanzarote where I was based with my family to Madrid on my own to join Atletico but it was the step that I needed to take in my footballing journey.

You played in the youth set up at Atletico Madrid. How much did you learn from your time at such an illustrious club?

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The facilities were incredible and it was the perfect place to be from a development standpoint. I learned a lot tactically and they shaped me to be the player that I am today.

You moved to England in 2016. What promoted your move to the U.K.?

It wasn’t a personal decision as I was playing well at Atletico. However, my dad was offered a job in Manchester and I knew it would be the best decision for our family to go as one.

I had to sacrifice my time in Madrid but I had the belief that I could make it in England when I arrived here.

You played for West Didsbury & Chorlton FC while studying at Manchester College. What was your experience on Non-League football like?

There were times that I found it frustrating to be honest as it’s not the level you want to play at. However, I made sure that I worked as hard as I could to get to where I wanted to be which was the Football League.

I have good memories of those times because I made friends for life there and the experience helped shape me as a player and as a person.

It helped me get to Morecambe on trial and earn my first professional contract which was a very special moment for me and my family.

You are playing well and scoring goals in League Two for Morecambe. What are your ambitions for the short term and for the future?

I want to play as well as I can for Morecambe and I would love nothing more than to achieve promotion with the club.

In the long term like every footballer, I want to play at the highest level possible but I’m fully focused on Morecambe and achieving success here.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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