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SERGIO LEAVES DEPOR

02 Jul 2010
As it was expected, Catalan midfielder Sergio is leaving Deportivo after a career of nine years at the club. He is one of the last veterans from the years of the Champions League and the fourth player in terms of matches at Primera.

Sergio announced on Wednesday that he won’t continue at Deportivo and that’s leaving the Galician club after a long career of nine years. The club and his agent were negotiating an extension of contract since last year, but they never reached an agreement. Actually, the last meetings were in order to define the compensation that Deportivo has to pay to him (image rights and other stuff).

This payment has been calculated in four million Euros; president Lendoiro is offering to pay the amount in three payments, right now the problems is that the agent of the midfielder is asking for a guarantee, something that Deportivo doesn’t want to fulfill.

Sergio was formed at the youth teams of RCD Espanyol and arrived to Deportivo for the season 2001/2002 after the club paid the historic amount of €16.8 million. The midfielder lived several glorious moments at the club, maybe the most important one is the goal that he scored against Real Madrid in the centenariazo of Copa Del Rey.

The Catalan player also reached Spain’s national squad and was picked for the FIFA 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. In recent years he lowered his performance, which caused a hard criticism coming from the fans. However he was always consistent and rarely missed a game.

His worst season was exactly the one that has just ended, because for the first time since his arrival the Catalan suffered an injury that left him out for several weeks. In the end Sergio only played twenty-four games in la liga (his lowest number at Depor); also, for the first time he ended scoreless in a liga campaign.

No matter what, the numbers of Sergio at Depor are impressive; he is now the fourth Depor’s player with more games at Primera División, and  despite not been an striker the Catalan is now the 20th best scorer for the club at the elite of Spanish football.

The career of Sergio at Deportivo (liga):

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

2001-2002

38

28

2,477

4

0

4

2002-2003

37

34

2,934

4

0

3

2003-2004

37

32

2,705

7

0

3

2004-2005

34

33

2,838

3

0

3

2005-2006

36

31

2,715

7

0

3

2006-2007

28

26

1,959

7

0

2

2007-2008

32

29

2,570

6

1

5

2008-2009

28

22

2,156

7

0

4

2009-2010

24

21

1,224

2

1

0

Totals

294

256

21,578

47

2

27

ARCHIVE NEWS JULY/10

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