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Pitarch’s Press Talk

Posted by atleti on February 1, 2008

 

Our rubbish sporting director spoke to the press…Here are a few statements he made:

On Aguirre’s Future:
“The continuity of Javier is guaranteed until his contract with the team ends and it will probably be extended by a year…If he qualifies the team for Europe, he will have a year added to the contract.”

In terms of their working relationship:
“Our relationship is good both professionally and personally. Javier Aguirre is the best coach for Atlético.”

He claims the media has created an “artificial crisis”…

On the winter transfer window:

He also claims that Aguirre is not disappointed with the players he has signed for the team. This, I call bullshit.

“Tiago could today have been player of Atlético Madrid, but it was only possible if we equalled the money teams like Tottenham were offering for a permanent transfer. We did not want that, we wanted a loan arrangement.”

This I believe– Spurs wanted to buy Tiago from Juve, which appealed to them more than our loan proposal.

On Summer signings:
He said the club are interested in Johnny Heitinga and Tomáš Ujfaluši, although he did not confirm that ‘talks’ have officially begun.

“They are two players that Aguirre knows… we like them but that does not mean that we have contracts with them or that talks will be forthcoming.”

I like Heitinga. 24 year old Ajax centre-back & right-back and Dutch international. From what I’ve seen, he’s a very solid player.

Tomáš Ujfaluši. I don’t know much about him, except that he has been linked with many clubs. 29 year old Fiorentina & Czech defender (centre-back & right-back).

In terms of Maniche:
He assured the press that there is no problem with Aguirre on Maniche’s departure (bullshit?). With the return of Motta & Miguel from long-term injuries, he said the club decided there was no need to sign a new player.

On Eller, Diego Costa & Cleber:
“You can criticise the signing of Eller, Diego Costa, or Cleber, but I feel totally happy about them…”

When asked about the progression of the team:
“I will not say anything, that’s the job of the manager…”

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6 Responses to “Pitarch’s Press Talk”

  1. jagsolla said

    me gusta el blog, y así ademas aprendo algo de inglés.

    no te conocía y por eso ahora mismo ya estás en mi lista de enlaces favoritos de mi blog.

    un abrazo

  2. atleti said

    Gracias! Te voy a añadir a mi lista también. Siempre me gusta encontrar un nuevo Atleti blog.

    un saludo!

  3. Armon said

    ‘I feel totally happy about [eller, cleber]’
    Un-freakin-believable

  4. atleti said

    Yes, one of the most ridiculous things he’s said .

  5. Mohammed said

    I’ve heard that we’re in contact with three defenders, Heitinga, Ujfalusi and Salcido.

    If we can get all of them- which I very much doubt- we’ll have one heck of a team. Of course, we would have to get rid of Pablo, Pernia and either Eller or Ze Castro.

  6. atleti said

    I agree; three big changes like that would certainly be an upgrade from our current back-line.

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