The River coach almost did not take time to celebrate the qualification for the Libertadores round of 16 and put the points to the leaders who are analyzing transferring to an undisputed starter.
Marcelo Gallardo is much more than River’s coach. Obsessive to detail, leaves nothing to chance. And on Wednesday night, after his team beat San Pablo and qualified for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, the Doll he took off the DT suit and put on the CEO of the Núñez club. So, he marked the field for the leadership, asked him to take care of his heritage and not be pressured by the interests of the European clubs that want to hire Lucas Martínez Quarta.
The coach left for a moment the analysis of the victory over the Brazilians to refer to the possible departure of the defender, today the undisputed starter and one of the team’s figures, which is claimed by Fiorentina of Italy and Celta de Vigo of Spain.
“An offer has not yet arrived that assesses its quality, I hope River understands that it cannot be submitted to emergencies and what teams may want to take advantage of with such a possibility,” said Gallardo from the conference room of the Independiente stadium, where His team will be the local while the works on the Monumental continue.
And he added: “We have to assert our footballers, I am totally convinced and we will see what the club’s needs are. Martínez Quarta is one of the best center-backs in Argentine football, at the National Team level, and I think he is ready to jump when someone values his quality.
The coach came out with the tip plugs after a meeting between the player’s representative, Gustavo Goñi, the president of River, Rodolfo D’Onofrio, and the sports director, Enzo Francescoli, to evaluate the aforementioned offers. .
In addition, during that meeting the issue of the 24-year-old defender’s contract that expires in June 2021 and that the club wants to renew regardless of the possible sale that may occur in the current transfer market or the end of the year was discussed.
As it transpired, the offers for Martínez Quarta are of around 5 million euros for a pass of which River has 85 percent of the economic rights.
The intention of the coaching staff that he heads is for the player to stay to play the Copa Libertadores and if he leaves, it is for a figure closer to the exit clause of 22 million euros that appears in his contract.
Martínez Quarta, with more than 100 games in the first for River, established himself as a starter at the end of 2016, first alongside Jonatan Maidana, transferred in 2019 to Toluca de México, and then with Javier Pinola.