Coach Cuca revealed after the 2 to 1 victory over Coritiba, on Saturday night, that Soteldo sought him out to give him his point of view on Santos’ deal with Al Hilal, from Saudi Arabia, who offers 7 million dollars (approximately R $ 39.3 million) by the Venezuelan. The outburst was one of sadness.
To complete the negotiation, the situation still needs to be approved by the club’s Deliberative Council. The meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday.
– You talked to me yesterday, that he had accepted. He made a proposal and Arab people accepted it. He said what I thought, I gave my opinion. I had to call a coach from Venezuela to find out if it would hurt the classification. If I would go with my family … Without a family, I can’t live in Arabia. He said it was a good proposal for him, a need that Santos also has, unfortunately. I am very sad to lose Soteldo – said Cuca.
Coach is sad about Sotelfo leaving (Photo: Ivan Storti)
– I like him very much as a person and as a player. But we have to understand. Our time is delicate, we need the financial condition to update our wages and pay debts abroad. Santos is a power, we are sad. A supporter is thrilled with the departure of Soteldo. We had to sell someone. Lucas Veríssimo in the nick of time didn’t work. There is no use being angry with the president. Nobody is sadder than me, a very important part in our gear. But life that goes on – he added.
With the delicate financial situation, Santos is looking for ways to relieve the coffers. Initially Lucas Veríssimo would be negotiated with Porto (PT), but for lack of agreement between the parties the sale melted. On the rise, Soteldo is the new attempt by the board.
It is worth remembering that Santos has 50% of the economic rights of the young striker, with a contract until 2023. Although the club has accepted the proposal, it is Soteldo who decides whether to leave Santos or not, in addition to the councilors of Peixe. The board awaits this definition.