Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez has revealed that he refuses to watch the television series Narcos on Netflix.
The 23-year-old who was born in Caloto, Colombia is unhappy at how it portrays a negative perception of his homeland.
Sanchez joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2017 for a then club record fee of £42million (Guardian), prior to his move to Holland he played for Atletico Nacional who are based in Medellín.
The TV series is based on the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine via his drug cartel which was based in Medellín.
The central defender believes that his country has transformed significantly since the days where Escobar and other drug kingpins made it one of the most dangerous places to visit and is proud of its progression whilst also urging people to visit.
Sanchez has found himself in and out of the Spurs team this season with Mauricio Pochettino rotating the heart of his defence between the former Ajax trio of Sanchez, Alderweireld and Vertonghen.
“I don’t like it, I won’t watch it,” Sanchez told Standard Sport.
“But I respect everyone [who does]. Everyone can come to Colombia and make a choice of what to see. I don’t complain but personally I don’t watch it. It’s a negative perception of Colombia.
“We’re good people. We have many footballers, many artists, many singers. We can’t complain. We’ve tried to grow up, improve everything – not just for Colombia but for the rest of the world. Personally I don’t like it. It’s like the dark point of the country.”
“I feel very proud about my country,” he added.
“Now they are improving so much. It’s not the same country it was in the past, I can say that straight away. If you’ve had the opportunity to go, it’s different. People have different perceptions about it – it’s like here [in the UK], you can find many things for everyone. If you are in a good way, and you go just to enjoy things, nothing [bad] is going to happen.”
“I don’t have many stories from Colombia,” he continued. “I was a good guy, focussed on going to training, going back home, doing homework and then the next day: school, train, go back. Every day was like this. Where I lived was a village – just one road and next to the road was the grass pitch. I was there all day.”
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