Ivan de la Peña He was a different footballer. He did not have the fortune of others, perhaps for the moment, perhaps for potential, but in the Barça did not find your site. He did find a place at Espanyol, where he made a career, established himself as a hero and remained a symbol after his goodbye.
Life after the ball for a footballer is usually linked to the sport that fed him, with the Cantabrian it was no different: took the path of representation. Today he enjoys success with the citations of two of his represented with the absolute of Spain as they are Eric García and Gavi, although he also has among his own other talents of The farmhouse What Arnau Hold on, whom he considers the future goalkeeper of the Barça.
Everything was born in 2013, when From Peña decides to set up his own representation agency together with the lawyer Ramon Ceilings, closely linked to a Carles Puyol that shortly after his retirement he joined the agency that bore the names of the three for a time (Puyol, De la Peña & Sostres). The central would end up disengaging in 2018 and shortly after the agency was renamed Footalent. Puyol did not feel comfortable in the role of agent and representative and decided to take other paths. Today it is part of the culé organization chart.
In recent years the representation of De la Peña has been closely linked to The Farmhouse. He has been attentive to footballers with potential, young people who meet certain characteristics and who, under his eye, had the potential to reach the elite. Already the fact of being in one of the most important clubs in the world gives you a greater chance of success. In these years, by his representation have passed players culés like Bojan Krkic, Marc Bartra or Carles Aleñá.
Right now, the success triangle of Footalent is around Eric Garcia, Gavi and Arnau Hold on. The first two have already obtained the highest recognition these days, with the last citation of the very young Gavi, who is pampered so much From Peña like his own Barça. Eric It has been on the radar of the absolute since its last stage in the Manchester City, shortly before signing for the Barça (There were threats both in the summer of 2020 and in January 2021). Arnau Teas It is one of the great sensations of the Blaugrana quarry. In the club they consider that he may be the next goalkeeper of the club, another that marks an era as he did Victor Valdes.
Your management with Gavi is very recognized. His irruption in the first team in his first opportunity supports the eye of De la Peña, which caught him years ago when he was even younger. She has spoiled him all this time. From the pocket of the now agent came the cost of the orthodontics that the Sevillian had to apply when he had a strong addiction to trinkets. He came to keep bags of sweets in the room of his residence. Measures were taken at that time by the Cantabrian and the Barça he also mediated by controlling his diet. They already saw his talent.
In fact, in this last call for Luis Enrique, the agency of De la Peña It is one of the ones that contributes the most players. Only that of Jonathan Barnett, ICM Stellar, contribute more with Unai Simón, Roberto Sánchez and Yeremi Pino. The Cantabrian maintains a great relationship with the coach, with whom he shared many moments in his time as culés but which they maintained when both separated their paths. Leaderbrock (Pedri and Ferrán Torres) and Samii Sport (Pablo Sarabia and Marcos Llorente) also add two.