Squad news


04 Dec 2010
For next season Deportivo La Coruña could lose twelve players; because nine are ending contract and three are returning to the parent club after a loan period; Shaky summer ahead for Lendoiro.

Key days for president Lendoiro; starting on January 1st, nine of his players will be free to negotiate with other clubs as they are ending their contracts on June 30 of 2011. FIFA stipulates that any player ending contract has the right to sign for any club within the last six months of their contract. To make things more complicated other three players will have to return to their parent clubs after ending their loan periods. In other words Deportivo could end losing a complete starting lineup ahead of the season 2011.

Among the nine players ending contract, five are considered as normal starters in the formations of Lotina: central defender Albert Lopo, right-back Manuel Pablo striker Adrián López plus midfielders Juan Rodríguez and Antonio Tomás. To mention that the case of Manuel Pablo is special, because he has a clause in his contract allowing an automatic renewal in case the veteran and captain of the team plays, at least, twenty-five official games during the season 2010/2011; so far the Canarian defender has played eleven.

Adrian’s case seems to be the easiest one to resolve; since the striker arrived at an early age to Depor (he was 17) he signed a contract with Deportivo B, this figure allows the club to, automatically, extend the present contract for one additional year, just as it was supposed to happen with Piscu, but the difference in this case is that the Asturian attacker is wishing to stay.  Something that he explained to reporters after Friday’s training, “I belong to Deportivo, I am content on here, and although there’s no agreement I will stay for one more year due to a rule that’s out there. I always said that my main goal is to stay here, because I feel like at home, but you never know what could happen. When things are discussed then we will know what will happen.”

The other four players ending contract in June of next year are goalkeeper Manu, midfielder Juca, left winger Desmarets and playmaker Valerón; the media considers that the first two won’t be renewed, while the case of El Flaco is very special as his contract stipulates that he will still attached to Deportivo as a club’s official.

Meanwhile, the case of Desmarets is similar to the one of Manuel Pablo; the French signed a one-year contract with an automatic option to renew it for one additional season if he takes part in 50% of the official games on the season. So far he is fulfilling the clause as he has performed in eleven of the fifteen matches disputed between liga and Copa (73% of the total).

Besides, there are three players on loan that in June should be returning to their parent clubs: left-back Rindarøy, playmaker Michel and right winger Urreta. Each case is different and it is uncertain if Lendoiro will try to renew this deals.

The simpler case is the one of Rindarøy; he came loaned from Molde FK and apparently the buyout close is low [the club never revealed the amount], but his lack of participation in the squads of Lendoiro [only two games in liga] invites to think that he could leave. In the case of Urreta the problem is the price, because the buyout option with Benfica is of €15 million, an unreachable amount for Depor. Finally, the club doesn’t have any buyout clause over Michel, however the long-term injury suffered by the player at the beginning of the season might move Valencia and Deportivo to negotiate one more year of loan, but it will depend on the evolution of his knee.

And Lendoiro’s biggest problem on this situation is the relationship with the player’s agents, and it’s that he has a couple of “enemies”, starting with the case of Eugenio Botas, who was considered to be the responsible of taking Piscu to England. Currently Botas is the agent of Adrian, Manu, Antonio Tomás and even Rochela, who ends his contract in 2013. Another conflictive relation is the one with Manuel García Quilón, who was the one that pushed for the exit of Filipe Luis to Barcelona FC, and that is now the agent of Juan Rodriguez

These “little wars” are blocking and in some cases delaying the negotiations with the players: recently Eugenio Botas confessed to reporters that he hasn’t received any call from the club in months, which is indicating that Lendoiro is delaying an issue that could mean to lose the players.

If all this is not enough, on next year Lendoiro will also have to deal with other four important cases, because striker Lassad, central defender Colotto, midfielder Rubén Pérez and left winger Andrés Guardado will end their contracts in June of 2012.

Lassad was considered one of the main hopes of Abegondo, but hasn’t growth yet at Primera División, while Ruben Perez will return to Atletico after ending his two-year loan period, without forgetting that currently he is the player at Deportivo with more minutes in liga (1,057).

Colotto ends his contract in 2011, but has a clause to extend the deal for an additional year. Recently he has been linked with Atletico Madrid. But the most serious case is Guardado as Depor paid €7 million for him in 2007, and to see him leaving for free would be a financial catastrophe for the club.

At least Lendoiro is trying to cover the diamonds at Deportivo B, on the past weeks it was informed that clubs like Manchester City FC were chasing Pablo Ínsua, a 17-yeal-old central defender that has called the attention as he is a normal starter with Fabril despite his age and despite been inscribed for Juvenil A. He only had an amateur contract and it was feared the worst, especially since Eugenio Botas is his agent.

But during the week it was confirmed that the player has signed a professional contract that will link him with Depor for the next four years, deal that has a clause to extend it for three additional seasons.  It’s a similar deal to the one signed at the time by Rochela and Juan Dominguez. Great news for a club trying to base its future on the youth teams.



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