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PLAYERS ENDING CONTRACT IN 2016

27 Dec 2015
Twelve players are ending their contracts in 2016, it means a reduction compared to last year and most importantly, the main players are currently protected with deals ending at least in 2017.

Starting on Friday the players that are ending their contracts during the summer are free to negotiate with other clubs. In recent years this situation has been a headache to Deportivo as big part of the squad was under these circumstances, but now things are changing.

Last year 68% of the players at the first team reached the last week of 2014 with the chance to negotiate with other clubs, now the percentage is lower (46%, 12 of 26). And an important thing is that the main assets are covered with multi-year contracts. It’s a radical change for a team that has been under a rebuilding process for a while.

The following is a review of the situation according to the player’s positions:

GOALKEEPERS
It’s the most sensitive situation as all the goalkeepers are ending their contracts in June. Fabricio Agosto is injured and it isn’t clear if he will accept a renewal, while German Lux hasn’t clarified if he wants to stay. Manu and Pletikosa arrived in order to cover a specific need and neither is clear if they will continue. The club could end up having two or three new goalkeepers on next summer.

DEFENCE
The only defenders ending their links with Depor in 2016 are right-backs Manuel Pablo and Juanfran Moreno. The Canarian veteran should announce his retirement in the coming months, while Juanfran has said that he wants to stay, but first Depor will have to negotiate with Watford City as the player is fulfilling in a loan spell. To mention the case of Alberto Lopo, who has a clause to extend his contract until 2017 if he plays at least 18 official games on this season (he already played six).

MIDFIELDERS
Four midfielders are ending their contracts on next summer. Cani and Jonás Gutiérrez arrived in order to cover specific needs at the first team and it shouldn’t be strange to see them leaving. Fede Cartabia is playing on loan from Valencia CF and Deportivo will like to see him staying, but it won’t be at any price, so it neither will be strange to witness his departure.

The most sensitive case of the players ending contract is Fayçal Fajr. The Moroccan, despite losing a starting spot in recent weeks, is one of the best players for coach Víctor Sánchez and is also loved by the fans. He came loaned from Elche CF and would sign a new contract if the Valencian club doesn’t secure the promotion during this season. It has been known that Deportivo wont risk with this case and that will try to close a transfer in order to avoid surprises. It’s the main priority among the players ending contract.

ATTACKERS
Two of the four attackers at the first team are ending their links in June. Luis Alberto has contributed with two goals plus two assists, but has small changes of staying as he is on a loan spell from Liverpool FC, while Jonathan Rodriguez will surely leave as he arrived as a complement to Oriol Riera and hasn’t scored yet.

MAIN ASSETS
A crucial situation for Deportivo is that the main assets on this season are currently protected with two or three-year deals. Sidnei Rechel and Alejandro Arribas signed deals during the past summer lasting until 2018, while another fixed starter at defence, Fernando Navarro has a contract lasting until 2017.

Laure, Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez signed new contracts in recent months and are covered for three more years. Then Celso Borges (2017) and Pedro Mosquera (2019) landed at Deportivo with an important ‘armour’, but the club is currently negotiating extensions to raise their release clause and also their wages.

Then the case with Lucas Pérez, clearly the most noticed player by other clubs, the Galician attacker has a contract lasting until 2019 with an important release clause for €20 million, though 30% would correspond to his previous club PAOK FC. It cannot be ruled out his exit during the summer, but it would be under favourable circumstances for Deportivo.

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