The coach knows that his players are followed in the world, he hopes that no one else will leave and he is eager to debut in the local tournament and finish first in the group of the Copa Libertadores.
These are times of pandemic and new normalities. What once seemed exceptional, now becomes habitual. That is why Marcelo Gallardo again gave a virtual press conference, in which he participated Clarion, and River’s coach spent a good time making it clear that he does not want any more surprises in terms of the sale of players. “We are not on sale”, graphic.
“It seems that we are on offer but we are not on offer. We want to give value to our players, beyond the complex situation not only in football but at the country level. If there are players who intend to leave, they will be evaluated and discussed. But I don’t want to be saying all day that a player is going. Our players are required because they play very well and are seen from some markets, but there are no real offers, “said Gallardo.
He Doll made reference to the sale of Lucas Martínez Quarta to Fiorentina: “If I consider whether it was enough or not enough, my opinion will not change anything. There is no compromise with me that there will not be another movement. Hopefully not, but I know you will see these days. “
Why does Gallardo say it? “A market was opened that generates expectations, since there are Brazilian clubs that showed unofficial interest in some of our players.”
And the coach added about the problems that the game of footballers brings at this time. “It is difficult when Libertadores has already started and other windows open after the European market is closed. We know that we are not in a position to compete with other markets,” he said.
When asked about the refusal (for now) by the AFA and the LPF about playing at RiverCamp, Gallardo did not want to delve into it. “I have no official notification. We will have to ask our leadership and see what will be decided,” he said.
And he switched to the Copa Libertadores, for Tuesday’s game against the Quito League. “He will play the same as he did in the last game, except for Paulo Díaz for Martínez Quarta. It is important to win the group for what is to come. The idea is to get the first position, but we know that it will be a difficult game”, He said.
And regarding the resumption of local football, Gallardo, who had been very critical about it, gave his opinion.
“I am happy that Argentine soccer is getting active. We tried to make a tournament as coherent as possible. The important thing is that the Argentine tournament begins. That is a good thing,” said Gallardo.
“I have been criticized for not getting a local tournament and some tell me that it is a pending account. I think it is a pending account of all the coaches who put that desire to win and we try to form the best team for that The Argentine tournament is seductive, but in many moments it has not been a priority because we have stayed away or focus on the Cup, “the coach clarified.