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A mutual respect

Tony Mowbray has been discussing David Raya's return to Ewood Park with Brentford this evening

27 November 2019

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David Raya makes a first return to Ewood Park tonight since leaving and Tony Mowbray is looking forward to catching up with the Spaniard.

The Barcelona-born stopper departed for Griffin Park for an undisclosed fee in the summer following a seven-year association with Rovers, initially linking up with the Academy as a teenager.

It was under Mowbray's rule that the 24-year-old became a regular number one for near on two seasons before becoming a Bees player.

And ahead of the Spaniard's first trip back to East Lancashire, Mowbray admits there's a great mutual respect between the parties ahead of tonight's showdown.

“I like David Raya and always have done," the boss told iFollow Rovers.

"I eulogised about him for a couple of years before the day came that he knocked on my door about the potential move.

“My philosophy with footballers, as it always has been, is that if they’re heart’s not in it and they don’t want to stay after seeing potential somewhere else, get the best price, move on, keep building your team.

“I wish David well. He’s a good lad and was so motivated and vocal in the dressing room before every game.

“He’s doing well for them after an indifferent start to the season. But they’ve hit form and he’s doing well for them," he added.

“I look forward to seeing him, I wish him well moving forward, but I hope to see him picking the ball out of his net a few times."

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