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COLOTTO: THE ENDLESS STORY

21 Jun 2012
Three weeks have passed after ending the Segunda season and Deportivo still waiting to hear from Colotto. The club presented a renewal offer, but he Argentine hasn’t responded and Lendoiro already said that he won’t wait until the final minute.

Each summer Deportivo is always involved in all kind of gossips regarding the exit of players, last season it was Lopo and Rubén Pérez, this last case resolved until the final day of the transfer window. And this year it is the turn for Diego Colotto.

A lot of rumours, but nothing confirmed regarding the future of the Argentine centre back; he was a fixed player on the past Segunda season and Deportivo wants to keep him ahead of the returning campaign to Primera, for this reason the club presented a renewal offer for two more years, which includes the option of a third year in case of playing a certain number of games, but the player hasn’t responded yet.

And here is where all the speculation begins, because the former defender of Atlas has been linked with all kind of clubs, from recently relegated Villarreal CF to a possible return to Mexico in order to perform for Cruz Azul. He even was linked with German outfit FC Schalke 04.

For now there are only two things for granted, the first is that RCD Espanyol is interested in the singing of the defender, this since the sporting director of the Catalan club, Ramón Planes, confirmed the interest in the player during a press conference. The second is that Deportivo won’t be waiting for him until the final day in the summer market, something that president Lendoiro clarified on the past week.

“The option with Colotto will remain open until he signs for us or another club, so it isn’t closed, but neither will wait until the last second. We know that we need to solve the case as soon as possible; but neither can lose our mind. I constantly talk with his agent, mainly on the phone, almost daily, and we are trying to solve the issue, and it isn’t easy, because each party has a solid position. We can’t pass some limits as the budget is blocking us. The fact is that the player already has a definitive offer over the desk and we can’t move from that position. We are interested in his continuity, but can’t wait any longer. There will be a point in which we will be forced to search for other alternatives, after all this is a position in which there are a lot of injuries and suspensions during the season, so you need at least four players for that spot.” Depor’s boss said during the presentation of André Santos.

Sportpaper Deporte Campeón (DxT) even speculates that the deadline is this weekend. With or without a fixed deadline the fact is that Deportivo won’t wait too much for Colotto’s decision, and it shouldn’t be a surprise if the club is linked with reinforcement for this position within the coming days.

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