Soccer — final tournamentFriday, May 16, 2014
Boca offers Riquelme a set of contract options
Boca Juniors has reportedly o-ffered a set of various contracts to their star player and captain, Juan Román Riquelme.
The deals were presented by Boca’s Department of Professional Football Vice-President, César Martucci, to Riquelme’s representative Daniel Bolotnicoff. As per the first agreement between the two parts, all salaries and details of potential contracts will be confidential.
Although Boca fans are hopeful their squad will be able to strike a deal with their number 10 player as quickly as possible, there is likely going to be some down time before negotiations really begin.
Adding to the confusion, vice-president Martucci and President Daniel Angelici are supposedly taking vacations, and the deal negotiations will likely resume upon their arrival.
Ultimately, Boca’s management is hoping to completely work out a deal by the beginning of the next preseason.
In perhaps more relevant news because of its sheer proximity, Boca fans are continuing to wonder about the questionability of forward Emanuel Gigliotti and Riquelme in their upcoming match this Sunday against league contender Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. With three days to go until the match, it is likely that Boca will preserve their star players based on their lack of practice this past week and potentially threatening injuries. Gigliotti and Riquelme both have not played in three days — the first due to a sore left fifth metatarsal and the latter to a right ankle injury.
Adding to Boca’s inevitable upcoming uncertainties is Pablo Ledesma, who is also unlikely to play in Boca’s last match of the season. Ledesma was not able to finish practice yesterday due to a left ankle injury.
The team will also be shorthanded due to the absence of Juan Manuel Martínez who has a sprained right knee and the ongoing suspensions of goalkeeper Agustín Orión, Daniel Díaz and Juan Forlín — Nicolás Colazo, conversely, practiced yesterday without any muscle tension.
A possible Boca lineup could look something along the lines of this for their game against Gimnasia: Emanuel Trípodi; Hernán Grana, Claudio Pérez, Leandro Marín or Diego Castagno, Emanuel Insúa; Andrés Cubas, Federico Bravo, Colazo, Juan Manuel Sánchez Miño; Luciano Acosta and Claudio Riaño.
As for Gimnasia, Ignacio Fernández, who will start in place of Dardo Miloc, stated that their club is playing with the hope of meeting up with River Plate in a final — and they’re “clinging to that allusion,” and assured that the “pressure is on River.” He added that Gimnasia “must win the game and wait.”
But in order to achieve their primary goal of reaching the final, Gimnasia will have to beat Boca, while River loses to Quilmes, and Estudiantes de La Plata resigns points to Tigre — a difficult series of events.
Herald with agencies