Squad news


27 Mar 2011
Two months before the end of the liga competition and it isn’t know yet who will be the coach for the next season, also the 42% of the players at the squad are ending contract in June and it seems that the major part of them won’t continue.

Complicate weeks for president Augusto César Lendoiro, he is seeing with concern as the team is struggling to survive on the liga tournament, and the uncertainty regarding the continuity of the team at Primera División s obstructing the planning of the season 2011/12. After all, and as Lendoiro says, a relegation means to substantially reduce the incomes, but it doesn’t affect the contract obligations.

The first question mark is related to who will be the coach starting in June; Miguel Angel Lotina has been sat on Depor’s bench within the last four seasons, and several sources claim that he will leave in June.  But Lotina and Lendoiro have said in public that the subject of the renewal won’t be discussed until the team is saved.

But the mathematical salvation is lasting much more than it was expected, and the delay is affecting the planning of the squad for next season. Because without a defined coach the president doesn’t know yet the possible petitions in the attempt to build up the new team. In the end the possible signings won’t be studied until the president decides who will be the new coach, and this situation has a huge impact in the signing policy of the club, because Deportivo moves in the market of “bargains” and “zero-cost transfers”, which implies to be quick enough to get what the club needs.

To make things more complicated, a large number of the players with a professional contract are ending their entailment with Deportivo during the upcoming summer, more precisely 14 of the 33 men under Lotina’s command (the 42% of the total). And some of these players have been usual starters with Lotina. In some cases Lendoiro already made an approach searching for a renewal, but it seems that Depor’s boss will not accelerate the negotiations until the club achieves the permanence.

THE PLAYERS LEAVING There are fourteen men that don’t know if they will continue at Depor’s first team ahead of next season, at least is what they say in public. All of them end their contracts in June, though there are some special cases. Of this list there are four players that are normal starters at Lotina’s team and that already accumulate more than 1,500 minutes during this liga competition (the 57% of the total minutes): Adrian López (2,265), Albert Lopo (2,205), Juan Rodriguez (1,967) and Antonio Tomás (1,519).

This quartet has been linked with other Primera Clubs, though all of them say that they haven’t decided their future yet. Lendoiro already made an approach in past months, but at this point the negotiations are frozen. Some journalists believe that the continuity of these four men is the crucial point in order to avoid a crisis on the next season.

About the other ten players ending their link with Depor in June, they haven’t been too important on the current season, at least in terms of minutes on the pitch. The unique case is the one of Juan Carlos Valerón. El Flaco has a contract lasting until 2015, but only because he will join the staff of the club as soon as he retires, which can occur this summer. So far the playmaker avoids talking of the subject until the permanence is secured.

Meanwhile, there are two players that have all the tickets to leave during the summer window: keeper Manuel Fernandez ‘Manu’ and midfielder Juliano Antonello ‘Juca’. The Asturian goalie made a decent job replacing Aranzubia when he was injured, but with both Felipe Ramos and Diego Rivas pushing hard from Depor B it seems that there’s no room for the ex-Sporting goalie. About Juca, he has lost weight at the team within the last two seasons, mainly due to the injuries. The Brazilian midfielder has only disputed 215 minutes on the liga campaign and his exit seems inevitable.

Then there’s the case of Michel; the playmaker was loaned from Valencia FC until the end of the season, but his knee injury forced him to stop for three months, now he is regaining presence at the lineups of Lotina and the Galician club already informed that it will try to extend the loan for an additional year. The player said that he’s happy about it and now everything will depend on the negotiations with Valencia. Until this day, Michel is the player ending contract with the bigger options of staying at the team for the season 2011/12.

Another special case is the one of Yves Desmarets, he arrived during the past summer window and his contract ends in June, but there’s a clause that will allow an extension for an additional season, though for this the French winger must dispute at least 45 minutes in the half of the official games on the season.

Depor will play 44 official games on this campaign (38 in liga and 6 in Copa). Desmarets has played in 16 official matches (12 in liga and 4 in Copa), but in only 11 opportunities he fulfilled the requirement on his contract’s clause. And with only nine games remaining in the schedule the French could only reach the mark of 20 matches with at least 45 minutes over the grass, which are two games under the mark of the 50% of the total. So, the automatic renewal is no longer possible, the player has said that he will love to continue, but it will depend on Lendoiro and mainly on the next coach of the team.

The two weird cases are Knut Olav Rindarøy and Rodolfo Bodipo, the Norwegian left-back defender was discarded during the winter window, but since he didn’t find any club it was decided that he was going to stay training at Depor. He is currently working with the first team, and also ends is contract with Molde FK in June, so there are rumours that he might end signing for Depor.

Meanwhile, Bodipo is having a misery season at Segunda club Elche; Deportivo insists that he ends his contract in June, although there’s an option to extend it until 2013, but the agent of the Equatoguinean striker assures that the contract is valid for two additional years. So, the situation is confusing at this point.

Finally, the three cases of the players that joined the club during the winter window: José Sand, Xisco Jiménez and Javito. The first two are loaned until June and the other is returning to Greece, probably without playing any game with Depor. Only Sand has a buyout option [€3 million] and it isn’t clear if Deportivo will fulfill the clause ahead of next season, again it depends on who will be the coach for the new campaign.

There are nineteen players that already have spot at Deportivo for the season 2011/12, but again there’s an uncertainty at the club has nine of them -the 27% of the total- are ending contract in June of 2012. The main case is Andrés Guardado, for whom Depor paid €7 million. Lendoiro will surely try to renew him, but if he fails then the Mexican will be at the market during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Another crucial case is Diego Colotto; the Argentine is an important piece at the centre of the defense, but he is already 30 and it isn’t clear if Lendoiro will want to renew him. His cost was €2.5 million and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him at the market during the summer. Manuel Pablo is also ending contract in 2012 after fulfilling the mark of 25 official matches on this season, which was needed for an automatic renewal. It isn’t known yet if the 35-year-old veteran will decide to retire at the end of next year.

Other two usual starters ending contract in June of 2012 are striker Lassad Nouioui and central defender Aythami Artiles, while it must be reminded that the loan contract with Atlético Madrid for Andalusian midfielder Rubén Pérez also ends in 2012. The other three players ending contract on the same year are left-back Claudio Morel, winger Pablo Álvarez and playmaker Iván Pérez, this last one is currently loaned at Segunda club SD Ponferradina.

Meanwhile, other nine players are ending contract in 2013: goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia, right-back Laureano Sanabria ´Laure´, central defender Ze Castro, playmaker Juan Dominguez, right winger Saul Fernandez, striker Iván Sánchez ‘Riki’, central defender David Rochela, midfielder Álex Bergantiños and right-back Diego Seoane.

In the case of Seoane, he currently belongs to Fabril, but a clause in the contract stipulates that he will be promoted to the first team for the season 2011/12. Finally, the player with the longer professional contract at Depor is Fabril’s goalkeeper Felipe Ramos. He arrived during the past summer window and his contract last until 2015.



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