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30 Dec 2011
Since Monday eleven of the twenty-seven players at the first team are free to negotiate with other clubs; it’s one of the pending issues of Lendoiro, just when his team faces a key phase in the quest for the so-wished promotion.

41% of the players at the first team are ending their contract with Deportivo in June of 2012, therefore starting on Monday they are free to negotiate with any other club wishing to sign them. It’s a worrying percentage, especially since the team is now entering into a crucial phase that will decide the promotion to Primera and no distractions are needed.

It has been reported that president Augusto César Lendoiro has been negotiating some renewals, but until now he has only accomplished the extension of contract of Juan Dominguez, who already had two more years in his previous contract.

The eleven players ending their contracts in June of 2012 are: keeper German Lux, central defender Diego Colotto, left-back Claudio Morel, centre midfielder Borja Fernandez, right wingers Pablo Álvarez and Diego Salomão, playmakers Juan Carlos Valerón and Juan Carlos Real, left winger Andrés Guardado, plus strikers Lassad Nouioui and Xisco.

Valerón and Juan Carlos are especial cases, the first has complex deal that allows him to continue his career at the club as an official, but the point is that he still has to decide if he will continue as a player on next season, a decision that will be taken at the end of the campaign. In the case of Fabril’s Juan Carlos, the club has the option to extend his contract through a clause written in all the contracts with the youngsters coming up from Depor B, but the club already had problems to execute these clauses, just as it happened in the cases with Fabricio and Piscu.

Morel already knows that his contract won’t be renewed, while the club still has to decide on the loaned players for the present season: Borja, Salomão and Xisco. The Portuguese winger has been a valuable resource on this season and probably Lendoiro will attempt his continuity, mainly if the team achieves the promotion to Primera. More uncertain is the situation with Pablo Álvarez, who right now is out of the plans for the starting eleven.

The three players with whom Lendoiro already negotiated their renewals are Colotto, Lassad and Guardado, but the fact is that until this day there is no agreement. Guardado is considered by some journalists as a lost case as he has been linked with other clubs like Valencia CF. The departure of the Mexican will be hard for Depor, not only for what he represents on the pitch, but for the fact that the Galician club invested €7 million on his singing. Colotto and Lassad have said in public that they are open to stay, but the actions of their agents says otherwise as both have been elusive with Lendoiro.

This massive exit of players isn’t new at Deportivo; actually 24 men have left the club within the last five years as they ended their contracts, and some of them succeeded at other clubs, like the cases of Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Gustavo Munúa (Levante UD), Joan Verdú (RCD Espanyol) and Adrian (Atletico Madrid).

And the situation might be the same in one year as eleven players are ending their contract in June of 2013: keeper Daniel Aranzubia,  right-backs Manuel Pablo, Diego Seoane and Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’, central defender Ze Castro, left-back Raul Garcia, centre midfielders Álex Bergantiños and Jesús Vázquez , right winger Saul Fernandez, plus strikers Riki and Rodolfo Bodipo

The players with larger contracts at the club are left-back Ayoze Diaz (2014), central defenders David Rochela and Aythami Artiles, right winger Bruno Gama (the tree of them in 2015), plus Juan Dominguez, who two weeks ago prolonged his contract until June of 2015.



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