Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Newell's Defender Heading To Chile

Baring a failed physical, Newell's Old Boys are about to lose a defender to Colo-Colo of Chile. No, not Rolando Schiavi, for whom such a move has been talked about for weeks, but Agustín Alayes. According to the articles I have seen Newell's will not receive any fee from the move, but will be relieved of Alayes contract, one of the highest on the team.

As for Schiavi, he has broken his recent silence and made it known that he plans staying with La Lepra until he retires... "unless someone is crazy enough to offer me a fortune to leave for another club." Flaco, I would not blame you for leaving if someone was that crazy, but  I do not see it happening. Fortunes, after all, are given to attacking players in their prime, not defenders nearing retirement, no matter how good they may be. Once you do retire, I hope you stay on with Newell's as a coach, working with young defenders. Who knows, maybe someday you can take the place of Roberto Sensini.

Speaking of the coach, today was the first day back at training for the club. According to reports Sensini had 32 players to work with, six of whom came from the youth team. So far I have not seen any of their names, but hopefully one or two will impress enough to make the squad for the Clausura, perhaps even a forward who has the ability to actually score from time to time. Or a playmaker to replace Mauro Fórmica, who was there for the first day, though the negotiations with Galatasaray of Turkey continue. El Gato may even be packing his bags as I write these words...

And, lastly, the club has stated that they will only be bringing in one player... if they can obtain forward Claudio Bieler from Racing Club.

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