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RIKI LEAVES DEPORTIVO

05 Jun 2013
As it was expected striker Riki announced his exit from Deportivo during a press conference held on Tuesday; the striker argued that he’s mentally exhausted after all the suffering of the past three years. He hasn’t signed yet with anyone else.

Iván Sánchez-Rico Soto ‘Riki’, the third captain of Deportivo, leaves A Coruña after seven years at the club. The Madrilenian made the announcement in a press conference held at the Riazor during Tuesday’s morning. He argued that it has been too exhausting and that’s why he’s leaving, "I won't be here next year, because my contract is ending. These seven years have been... I thought it would last more, but the last three were complicated and I need a change."

The player was in tears and the journalists had to cheer him up to continue, "I am feeling sad for how the team ended; my hope was to leave the team at Primera. I tried, but things don't work as you wish. I hope Deportivo will be fine. It will be always in my heart and this is a tough decision. Deportivo will always be in my heart; Deportivo is my home and even my daughter was born here."

The former striker of Getafe said that he doesn’t know yet where he’s going to play, “My decision was made a while ago. We didn't talk with the club since December. I don't know yet what my future will be. I haven't signed anything yet. I hope it will be in Spain. The rumours are there [talking of a possible offer from RCD Espanyol] and they are interested, but nothing is signed with them. There was interest from Wigan, but since that club suffered the relegation, in the end there was no offer."

He continued insisting that the reason for his departure is the fatigue, "This year the goal was the permanence, and now I need to be disconnected. There was a lot of suffering within the last three years, it was complicated and it's a mental burden. My cycle on here is over. The economic subject is important, but as the months passed I wasn't ready to continue in a mental sense."

Finally, the Madrilenian ended the press conference wishing good luck to Depor at Segunda, “I believe Deportivo is feasible at Segunda, a lot of players are leaving and the important thing is to make a solid team. Fernando [Vázquez] is hopeful with the new project and I believe he's ready to do it. He has the energy and could be an important coach."



Riki crying during the press conference
Riki spent seven years at Depor, by the time of his exit he was already the third captain of the team. He landed in A Coruña coming from Getafe CF in an operation valued in €4.6 million. He was a signing of the post-European era of Deportivo.

The Aranjuez-born striker was a normal starter with both coaches Caparrós and Lotina, but never was a prolific scorer as he only netted 13 goals within his first three years at the club. But he progressed and on his fourth year at the team he scored eight goals at Primera, the problem is that the injuries hit him starting on the season 2010/11 and he only scored 3 goals in 19 liga appearances, on that season the team suffered the previous relegation to Segunda.

But Riki returned stronger for the season 2011/12, always affected by several muscle problems, but managed to play 29 Segunda games scoring 12 goals plus providing two assists, enough to help to clinch the promotion. The season 2012/13 witnessed his explosion as it was his best year as a player, scoring 13 times in 36 La Liga matches, the injuries left him in peace and only missed two games, but it wasn’t enough and Depor suffered a new relegation.

Riki leaves Deportivo with a mark of 56 goals scored in 225 official presentations with the Blanquiazul team, 38 of those goals were scored at Primera División, reason why he’s among the top-ten scorers of the club at the top-flight.

The career of Riki in liga playing for Depor:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

assits

2006-2007

33

29

2,233

5

0

3

3

2007-2008

32

8

1,089

8

1

5

2

2008-2009

28

7

1,080

2

0

6

4

2009-2010

26

18

1,492

4

1

8

1

2010-2011

19

8

850

2

0

3

2

2011-2012

29

18

1,616

4

0

12

2

2012-2013

36

36

2,708

5

0

13

0

Totals

203

124

11,068

30

2

50

14

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