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ADRIÁN RETURNS TO DEPORTIVO

11 Aug 2017
Striker Adrián López joins Depor in a loan deal with FC Porto. The deal is for one year and doesn’t include a buyout option.

Deportivo announced on Thursday that Adrián López is returning to Deportivo. The striker will undergo the medicals on Friday and, despite the club didn’t announce anything regarding the terms of his arrival, the comment is that it a loan operation with FC Porto for one season and without including a buyout option.

Coach Pepe Mel was waiting for a striker and a left winger before closing the market, and the arrival of Adrián covers the latter though the Asturian is more used to perform at the centre of the attack.

Adrián arrived and left Deportivo in controversial ways. The Galicians were following him since 2004 and, after Real Oviedo refused to negotiate his transfer, former president Augusto César Lendoiro took advantage of the fact that he didn’t have a professional contract at the time, so he joined Depor in the summer market of 2006 and gained a spot at the first team after Bodipo suffered a serious knee injury. Real Oviedo protested at the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) because they were convinced that the player was still under contract. In October 2006, it was decided that Adrián was a Deportivo player and the Galician club was ordered to pay Oviedo a compensation for €330.000.

Adrián made his debut at Deportivo on 25 October 2006 against Racing de Santander in Copa Del Rey. This was quickly followed with Liga entries against Getafe CF and Barcelona FC. On November 12, he started his first Liga match when Deportivo visited Gimnástic Tarragona. After it, Adrián was given more than a dozen of Liga entries, most of them as a substitute. His first goal, in Copa Del Rey, came on 10 January 2007, when the team defeated RCD Mallorca to qualify for the quarterfinals (1-2).

Between the seasons 2006/07 and 2007/08, the Asturian striker only played 22 games scoring once. Then, during the winter window of 2008, the club decided to loan him out to Alavés at Segunda División, place where he scored one goal in ten presentations. One season later he was loaned to Málaga CF at Primera División and had a promising campaign with three goals in twenty matches.

He returned to Depor in 2009 and turned into a fixed starter, to the point that he only missed six Primera games between the seasons 2009/10 and 2010/11. He scored 11 goals in 70 games, but it wasn’t enough to save Deportivo and the club suffered a traumatic relegation.

The relegation coincided with a dispute between the player and Deportivo, his contract was ending in June of 2011 and there was a clause that was allowing an automatic renewal in case Depor wanted it, but the player’s agent, Eugenio Botas, complained it was illegal. Since the player was refusing to sign the one-year renewal Deportivo presented the case to the LFP and this instance consulted it with the RFEF and the Players Association (AFE), as it was expected the first instance supported the position of Deportivo, while the second supported the player. In the end both parties agreed that an impartial referee, Miguel Cardenal, was going to have the final word on this case, and he decided that the renewal was illegal, so the player left Depor and signed as a free agent for Atlético Madrid.

He had a big presence in Atlético during the first two years there (2011-2013), the striker scored 10 goals in 68 games and later lost the protagonic role at the team, so he moved to FC Porto, but neither was wanted there and during the last two seasons he played loaned at Villarreal CF scoring 6 goals in 31 presentations and having mixed reviews by the fans.

Adrian is the eighth signing of Deportivo for the campaign 2017/18. Previously the club secured the arrival of Argentine playmaker Fede Cartabia, centre midfielders Guilherme dos Santos and Fede Valverde, right-back Gerard Valentín, playmaker Carles Gil, winger Zakaria Bakkali, plus centre-back Fabian Schär.   

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