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10 Jul 2012
For the third straight season Deportivo is losing a youngster due to the interest of a bigger club. This time is Ángel Esmorís, a 15-year-old side defender that has been signed by Manchester City. RC Celta has also suffered this problem.

At the beginning of the month it was known that Deportivo has lost a young promise: Miguel Ángel Esmorís Tasende Ángeliño’. He’s a 15-year-old side defender that has been at the club since Alevines squad (10-year-old players). He is going to play for Manchester City FC. It wasn’t a surprise as it was a rumour surrounding Depor’s youth teams since December; still it’s a hard hit for a club trying to feed the first team with the options coming out from the base.

The player and his parents are traveling to England and Angeliño will join the British club in an operation that’s possible as they are leaving by their own will. It is rumoured that ‘The Citizens’ are paying a salary of €200,000 to the player plus providing a job to both parents.

FIFA prohibits the transfer of U-18 players, but there’s no rule to stop a young player resigning and then moving to another city or country in order to play for another club; in this sense it’s easy to disguise this operation as the powerful clubs sign promising youngsters convincing their parents with big amounts of money, big wages and expensive gifts. So, these kinds of operations are common on these days, but Manchester City didn’t release any statement in the attempt to avoid any possible investigation or further sanction.

Angeliño called the attention of big clubs like Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid as he shone during the Brunete tournament played in A Coruña during 2009. For the season 2011/12, the side defender performed at Cadete B scoring 18 goals in 24 league matches, he was the top-scorer at the team, an impressive mark taking in mind that he’s a side defender.

It isn’t the first time that Deportivo loses a young player; actually the Galician club has lost one player from the youth teams in each one of the last three years. In 2010 it was Cadete A midfielder Pablo Iglesias, who left the club in order to sign for Real Madrid. On the past season Atletico Madrid signed Cadete A keeper Santi Canedo, who arrived to Depor after spending seven years at Escuela Luis Calvo and that’s also a regular member of Spain’s U-17 squad. Playmaker Pedro Mosquera is another example as he left Depor in order to sign for Real Madrid.

Neither the problem is new for the other giant club in Galicia, RC Celta, though Los Celestes were at least able to cash the interest of other clubs. In the case of playmaker Denis Suárez they collected €1 million from Manchester City -which could rise to €3m depending on appearance and performance related clauses in the deal.- They also collected €1.5 million with the move of striker Joselu to Real Madrid. The exit of Jonathan Pereira to Villarreal was more traumatic as he left for free.

Other Galician players had to leave to other clubs as they didn’t find a room for them at their homeland, or because big clubs arrived before the two giants of the region. These are the cases of players like Iago Falque (Tottenham), Diego López (Sevilla) or Diego Mariño (Villarreal). Borja Fernandez, who played loaned at Depor on the past season, is another example of this situation as he landed at Real Madrid directly from Pabellón CF.



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