Squad news


01 Jun 2006
Apparently, Deportivo’s squad for next season will only to a very small extent resemble the one of this season. An update on the situation of the players possibly leaving Deportivo in the next weeks and months.

Even though Deportivo’s central midfielder Aldo Duscher is not part of the Argentinian World Cup squad, he is a very desired player for many European top clubs. The name of Manchester United already came up during last summer and this winter break. The club coached by Alex Ferguson remains a hot favourite for securing the services of Aldo Duscher, especially since their bid for Mohamadou Diarra from Olympique Lyon.
However, El Ideal Gallego reports that Spanish league rival Real Madrid would be the top favourite if Carlo Ancelotti takes over their vacant coaching position. This would mean that a decision about Duscher’s future won’t be made until mid-July since the coaching position at Real Madrid depends on the presidential election of the club which will be held on July 2nd.

But Manchester United and Real Madrid aren’t the only ones interested in Duscher. Other names like Tottenham Hotspurs and Newcastle United from the English Premiership have popped up as well. It is widely believed that Deportivo won’t sell Duscher for anything less than 10-12 million Euro, the amount they paid Sporting Lisbon for the Argentinian midfielder.

The era of Diego Trist??n in La Coru?±a seemed to have ended after the last league match in Vitoria. The player had expressed his unwillingness to stay with Deportivo after the season on numerous occasions during the last weeks of the season. Adding this to the increasingly cold relations with the fans at Riazor and the fact that he had run out of favour with coach Joaqu?­n Caparr??s – all signs point towards â€?exitâ€?.

But not so fast. Few clubs seem to be really interested in buying the striker. Valencia, Atl?©tico de Madrid, Zaragoza, Betis, Sevilla, Mallorca, Villarreal... a lot of names but no concrete offers. The problem is the relation between performance and salary as Trist??n is one of the top-earners at Deportivo.

Ultimately, Deportivo has begun to use Diego Trist??n as an asset in order to reduce the transfer sum for a new player. There has been talk about an exchange between Trist??n’s ex-club Mallorca and Deportivo, with Diego Trist??n joining Mallorca and Venezuelan striker Juan Arango joining Deportivo.

Since Wednesday Pablo Amo knows that he doesn’t form part of Joaquin Caparr??s’ plans for the forthcoming season. The central defender’s season isn’t over yet since he plays for Second Division outfit Real Valladolid, but his agent already received a fax by Deportivo saying that he better look for another club. This hasn’t bothered Pablo Amo at all. �It’s better they communicate it now and don’t wait until the last days of the transfer period. Thus, I have a lot of time to find a new team. I have no problem if I’m loaned out again, but it would be nice to know my new destination early in order to work from the first day with my new teammates.�

H?©ctor is another player that could be out of the club. Caparr??s has told him that he does form part of the next season’s team but that if the right offer came along he wouldn’t put up any obstacles.

Momo hasn’t received a statement by the club concerning his situation, but given the number of minutes he played last season it isn’t out of reach to say that Deportivo would welcome offers for him.

Offers that already have been made for striker Rub?©n Castro by various clubs. The player is unwilling to play Second Division football again (like he did with U.D. Las Palmas before becoming a Deportivo player), thus it is unlikely that he will eventually play for interested M??laga. Another highly interested team is First division outfit Mallorca that seemingly want to loan out the Canarian striker for one season.

It remains to be seen what Deportivo will do with World Cup participants Lionel Scaloni and Toro Acu?±a. Neither seems to form part of Caparr??s’ plans and both have one year remaining on their contracts. If the club wants to cash in on them, those two players have to be sold during this summer.

Another player not satisfied with his present situation is Uruguayan goalkeeper Gustavo Mun??a who has been relegated to the third goalkeeping spot. Apparently, the player will ask the club for a transfer or loan.

The contracts of Jos?© Francisco Molina, C?©sar, Romero, Francisco Gallardo, Jes??s Mu?±oz, V?­ctor and Dani Mallo have all run out these days and only Dani Mallo and V?­ctor have possibilities to remain at the club.

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