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15 Jan 2015
Costa Rican Celso Borges has joined Depor in a deal for six months that can be extended for other two years. The centre midfielder was close to arrive in December, the deal collapsed, but revived after the player was assisted by another agent.

The second winter signing of Deportivo is centre midfielder Celso Borges. The Costa Rican player was linked with the Galician club at the end of 2014, but the deal collapsed as the club’s officials wanted to close the deal as soon as possible, while the player decided to wait. In the end Depor moved forward and signed striker Oriol Riera and started to look for other options.

However the operation was reactivated as the player realized that this was a good offer and also because he received the support of Joaquim Batica, an agent that has been moving Latin American players to Europe and that also supports Celso’s compatriot Joel Campbell.

The operation was initially announced as a loan deal with Swedish club Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK), however the player confirmed later that he cancelled his contract with AIK in order to sign for six months.  Also, the club has the option to extend the contract for two more years in case of securing the permanence at Primera during this campaign. In other words, Depor are paying a fee either registered as a transfer or as a loan, while later the midfielder will stay for six months with the option of signing for two more years.

Borges is a “box-to-box” midfielder, just the profile that Víctor Fernández wanted to hire during the summer and that didn’t happen after the failed arrival of Bruno Zuculini. So, in the beginning he arrives in order to play behind the attackers and probably with other two midfielders in a possible 4-3-3 formation.

To mention that the Swedish league ended in November and the last time he played a game was a friendly between Costa Rica and Uruguay (November 14). The coaching staff still has to check if the player is fit to perform against FC Barcelona or he will have the chance to debut until the beginning of the second round hosting Granada CF.

The agent of the player, Borges and Tino Fernández during the presentation

Celso Borges is the second player from Central America that signs for Deportivo. In 1982 the Galicians signed Honduran Héctor Ramón Celaya after he signed with his national country in the World Cup disputed in Spain, though the midfielder never disputed a minute with the team as a knee injury forced him to retire when he was only 27. Precisely Borges is also joining Depor after shining in a World Cup.

He was presented during the afternoon and president Tino Fernández was welcoming him, ”This is a signing for the next two and a half years. La Coruña is a city that welcomes the players and that lives football with passion. He will soon notice this.” He also explained the version of the club about why the player wasn’t’ closed at the end of last year, ”We started to negotiate before the end of the year. My idea was always to keep it in the shadows. Sometimes a third person enters, but we closed it in a good date. Sometimes there are persons that want to be involved and have tried to open the interests of Deportivo is some markets in which we aren’t present yet. The true is that the negotiations were never broken. It was just that Celso had other offers.”

During his presentation he said that this is a big opportunity for him, ”I can see that this club is really big, not only for the players, but also for the people that work on here. I was having the big hope of playing in Spain. I want to thank Deportivo for this opportunity. This is the best thing that can happen to me and I’m happy for how things went.” The Central American player also explained that he’s fit to play despite not playing an official game since November, ”I have been working by my won for more than a month. I will talk to the coach in order to see how I can improve my physical condition, but I’m fine. I must get in into the ideas of the club and I’m sure that things will be fine.”




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