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TIGRES IS WAITING FOR OMAR BRAVO

28 Feb 2009
Deportivo and Tigres already signed a deal for Omar Bravo, it’s a loan operation until June with a buyout option, but the player hasn’t signed yet the contract. Apparently he wants to solve the situation with his wages first.

Omar Bravo is near to return home, the Mexican striker could go loaned to Tigres de Monterrey until June; this after Deportivo and the Mexican club signed a loan deal with a buyout option over the player, But the operation still has to be confirmed since the player hasn’t given his approval.

The deal stipulates that Tigres will pay $500,000 (€424,000) for the loan of the player. Tigres still has to play ten games on the Torneo Clausura 2009, but Omar would only play nine games with the squad (if Tigres doesn’t qualify to the playoffs), meaning that the club from Monterey is paying €47,000 per each game in order to have the striker.

Besides, the deal includes a buyout option for $4.2 million (€3.5 million), option that Tigres could fulfill in June of the present year. Also, the deal includes a participation of Tigres in a Teresa Herrera tournament. The vice-president of Tigres, H?©ctor Gonz??lez, confessed to newspaper Xornal de Galicia that the deal is very expensive for them but that he was happy with it, â€?We are paying a lot. But the true is that we are content, it was a little hard, tough and a long, but I think we have made a nice work.â€? He said.

However, the operation hasn’t been closed yet, because Omar hasn’t signed the agreement, according to a Mexican source, the striker wants to solve first the situation with his wages at Deportivo. It was expected that everything would be settled by Friday’s night and that he would take a plane to Mexico on Saturday, but it wasn’t like that. For the moment, he was left out of the squad that’s traveling to Soria.

If the deal is finally signed, Omar Bravo will be returning to Mexico after just seven months, that’s the time that lasted the European adventure of the Mexican attacker. The ex-Chivas marksman arrived as one of the reinforcements for the present season. Together with Mista, he was promising to break the drought of goals suffered by Deportivo in recent seasons.

But it was not possible. Omar only played 294 minutes in the liga season, making nine appearances in the competition, two as a starter. He left a positive impression on the pitch, but he only scored one goal plus two in Copa Del Rey. The true is that Bravo had an important presence at the start of the season, actually he was the attacker with more minutes in the squad by matchday 10 of la liga.

What happened next is that coach Miguel Angel Lotina realised that Bravo performs better as a second striker, figure that doesn’t fits into his schemes based in a lonely attacker. Then, pushed by the necessity of goals, Omar went to the bench and the player started to feel uncomfortable at Deportivo. To make things worse, he was a substitute at Mexico’s national squad during the last official games of the team.

In December, the Mexican league started knocking at his door, Cruz Azul was linked with the player, but it was Tigres de Monterrey the side that was more interested in the striker. A few days ago, Omar said to reporters that he didn’t  want to return, but Lotina has said several times that the player himself is pushing for an exit, and even that the Mexican didn’t want to travel for the trip to Aalborg.

If the deal is confirmed, it will bring fresh money to Depor, but it’s also adding more troubles as the squad is currently affected by a plague of injuries, actually Lotina only has one available striker for the game at Numancia: Fabril’s Lassad. The Basque coach is now hoping that Bodipo, Mista and Riki could be recovered as soon as possible in order to face the upcoming games in liga.

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