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DEPOR LOSES THE WAR FOR ADRIAN

19 Jul 2011
The referee that was deciding the future of Adrian finally gave a resolution and the result is that Adrian isn’t forced to renew his contract with Deportivo, therefore the Asturian is free to sign for Atletico Madrid.

On Monday’s evening referee Miguel Cardenal gave his final resolution on the case of striker Adrian Lopez; he gave the reason to the player in his dispute with Depor towards the renewal of his contract. The Galician club is now studying the option of presenting the case in a legal courthouse of La Coruña, but the player is free to sign for Atletico Madrid, his wish as he has said in recent days.

The announcement of Adrian’s signing for Atletico could be made in the coming days; as it was commented before Deportivo could try to get the money for his formation rights–five million Euros- through the ordinary justice, but it’s pretty clear that Adrian won’t wear again the Blanquiazul shirt.

This conflict started at the end of the past season as Deportivo tried to use an agreement between the Spanish federation (RFEF) and the Players Association (AFE) in order to renew the contract of the player lasting until June 30. At the beginning the player had a passive attitude and even said that he was ready to stay, but with the pass of the days his agent, Eugenio Botas, started to complain of the move and was offering the player to several clubs.

The truth is that the use of this clause has been a polemic issue in recent years; it was part of a collective agreement signed between the RFEF and the AFE, but this agreement expired on June 30 and hasn’t been renewed. The idea of this kind of clause is to protect the Spanish U-24 players in order to give them the chance to keep working in the country. The only requirement is that the club must raise the salary of the player in 7% plus the inflation rate. The agreement between the LFP and the AFE also stipulated that any Spanish team wanting to have a player under this clause must pay a compensatory amount. In the case of Adrian the Galician club has calculated it in five million Euros.

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 AFE, as it was expected the first instances 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, at least in a sporting sense.

Now that the resolution is known, there’s no turning back point as both sides agreed to not present an appeal, however this only involves the sporting subject, the club still has the chance to go to a court. Right now Depor’s lawyers are studying the resolution in order to determine if it’s worthy to present the case to a judge.

Adrian arrived to Deportivo in 2006; curiously his arrival was similar to his exit, because there was a war for his contract between him and his former club, Real Oviedo, in the end the RFEF forced the Galician club to pay €330.000 for his transfer. He just played twenty-one liga games within his first two seasons at the club and later was loaned out to Alavés and Málaga.

The Asturian attacker returned for the season for the season 2009/10 and scored four goals in thirty-four Primera appearances, and on the season that just ended Adrian exploded as he scored seven times clinching the status of Pichichi of the team.

The numbers of Adrian at Deportivo:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

2006-2007

15

6

750

2

0

1

2007-2008

7

3

301

1

0

0

2009-2010

34

25

2,092

1

0

4

2010-2011

36

31

2,661

2

0

7

Totals

92

65

5,804

6

0

12

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