Palma, Feb 2 (EFE).- The Mallorca board of directors is negotiating the renewal of the contract of Javier Aguirre, the Mexican coach who saved the Balearic team from relegation last season, as Pablo Ortells, the club’s football director, announced this Thursday vermilion.
«We continue to think that (Aguirre) is the ideal coach. We are very happy with him, and I think he is also happy with us, so we are in talks in search of a solution”, Ortells advanced at a press conference called to analyze the winter transfer market together with the director of Finance, Alfonso Diaz.
Aguirre replaced Luis García Plaza in March 2022 and ensured permanence after a dramatic final stretch for the Majorcan fans; In the current season, the “Vasco” has the team classified in the middle of the table with 25 points on matchday 20, waiting to receive Real Madrid on Sunday.
Precisely, Díaz was asked about the visit of the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team and the controversy generated by some statements by the Mallorcan captain Antonio Raillo about his relationship with the Brazilian Vinícius Júnior.
Raillo declared that he would “never” set Vinícius as an example to his children, rekindling a confrontation that arose between the two players in the first round of the Santander League.
“For us it is a pride to play against Real Madrid, European champion, and it must be a moment of festivity for our fans and forget certain situations,” said Díaz.
“We cannot associate Madrid’s visit with these controversies. You have to focus on the game and that the fans support us with the utmost respect for the rival. Raillo is an example for the youngest and he will show (on Sunday) what a great captain he is”, he added.
Both Díaz and Ortells also valued the VAR decisions in some of Mallorca’s last games.
«The errors (of the video arbitration) fall from one side or the other and we are focused on not depending on the referees. It is true that there are situations that are difficult to understand, such as the hard tackle that (Clément) Grenier received last day in Cádiz. In these cases the VAR has to help”, emphasized the director of Finance of Mallorca.
Regarding the winter transfer market, Pablo Ortells said that they felt “satisfied” with the results.
The vermillions have reinforced the squad with the Swedish defenders Dennis Hadikaduni (FK Rostov) and Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla), the Spanish midfielder Manu Morlanes (Villarreal) and the Colombian midfielder Daniel Luna (Deportivo Cali), although he will, in principle, have , branch file.
“We were already happy with the squad we had,” Ortells remarked. «The assessment is positive and we must continue with humility, work and fight to the maximum to achieve the planned objectives. Luna is a boy with projection, we have a purchase option and hopefully he adapts well.
With regard to Kang In Lee, and the rumors about his supposed anger because the club did not listen to the offers for him, Ortells clarified that the controversy “is only in the media”, since the South Korean has a current contract and “he is a professional and he He will give everything, as he demonstrated against Cádiz,” he remarked.