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ZE CASTRO LEAVES DEPORTIVO

21 Aug 2013
The club’s confirmed on Monday’s midnight that Ze Castro reached an agreement in order to leave Depor. The Portuguese centre-back spent five years at Depor and is forced to leave as his wages are unaffordable.

Ze Castro cancelled his contract with Deportivo and leaves the club after five years defending the Blanquiazul shirt; the centre-back is leaving as the club needed to get rid of his wages in order to fulfill the salary cap rule.

For weeks the Portuguese player and the club’s officials were trying to reach an agreement, it was even commented the possibility that he was going to stay lowering his wages, but in the end the club’s administrators determined that the best was to allow his exit. On Monday the defender was training with normality and it gave the impression that things were stuck, but at midnight the club released a press release informing that both sides had reached an agreement in order to cancel his contract.

Then, on Tuesday’s noon, the player was saying good-bye in a press conference. He said that, “I’m leaving feeling a special love for Deportivo. It’s hard to leave, especially after spending five years in one club, you have friends, but all the clubs work like this. The club stays and the players come and go. Surely someone else will come and the fans will be pleased. If Valerón left been an icon, then why I won’t leave been here only for five years? I understand the club had to make a decision and that we needed to reach an agreement. I have a big respect for the club’s officials.”

“All the stages end at some point. I always respected the club and in this case, for some motives, it isn’t good to talk of money during my good-bye speech. I prefer to talk of other subjects. I prefer to remember the good moments that I lived here. Depor can only pay what they can pay now and they need to build up a team that can achieve the promotion. I’ll now be a fan hoping to see Depor return where it belongs. I am surprised with the current team and believe there’s a strong group to clinch the promotion.” He added.

Finally Ze Castro said that the promotion achieved two years ago was an obligation to him, “I want to leave with the positive things, the negative issues helped me to learn. The best moments were the ones I spent with the people from the club, with the friends. The promotion was wonderful, but I lived the relegation before, so the promotion was lived with the feeling that we were achieving a pending task, unfortunately we couldn’t achieve the permanence last season, now we hope that Deportivo can end achieving the promotion to the place where it belongs, Primera.”



Ze Castro during the press conference

Ze Castro during his last training with the team (Monday)
Ze Castro arrived to Deportivo during the season 2008/09 as former coach Lotina was searching for reinforcements at the centre of the defense. Initially he arrived in a loan deal coming from Atlético Madrid. He was the third signing for that season after strikers Omar Bravo and Mista (another Atlético-reject). Deportivo signed a €2 million buy-out clause to be fulfilled at the end of the season 2008/2009 to own 50% of his transfer rights and to have him contracted until 2013. At the end of 2012 he signed a renewal.

The Portuguese was a normal starter in his first season at the club playing in 29 of the 38 Primera matchdays; he also made 6 appearances in Europe and 2 more in Copa Del Rey. Deportivo was so happy with him, than on April 3rd, 2009, almost one month before the buy-out option over the player was expiring, the club decided to fulfill the clause. The final payment reached the €2.2 million since Depor had to pay the taxes. The negotiation also included the participation of Atlético in future editions of the Teresa Herrera.

But things changed for him in the next two seasons as Colotto turned to be the starting choice playing alongside Lopo. He only made 16 liga appearances between the seasons 2009/10 & 2010/11. For this reasons it was rumoured he was going to leave, especially after the team suffered the relegation to Segunda, but the centre-back decided to stay and was one of the players that helped to clinch the promotion back to Primera; he was a regular starter on the campaign 2011/12 alongside Colotto and one year later alongside either Marchena or Aythami.

The liga career of Ze Castro at Deportivo:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

2008-2009

29

29

2,535

7

0

1

2009-2010

10

8

704

1

0

0

2010-2011

6

4

391

3

0

0

2011-2012

27

25

2,165

4

2

0

2012-2013

24

20

1,787

10

0

0

Totals

96

86

7,582

25

2

1


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