The Monumental lived a magical night with the retirement of Leo Ponzio, the winningest footballer in the history of River Plate. The fans, in addition to saying goodbye to the idol, also took advantage of the occasion to pamper some players and one of the most applauded was nacho fernandezwho currently plays for Atlético Mineiro.
During the last press conference of the Gallic, the midfielder took the opportunity to banish the rumors that he had had a fight with the technical director Cuca and striker Hulk. In addition, he banished the possibilities of returning to the millionaire group next semester.
“That is something totally false, which came out of the Argentine press. Obviously they echoed in Brazil and it’s circulating, but it’s hard for me to explain it. How am I going to have a problem with the technical commission if I was captain in the last game and they allowed me to travel to Argentina for a friend’s last game?. I have to be totally grateful to them, and also to my teammates. With Hulk I have a great relationship. We recently had lunch at his house. He always welcomes foreigners who come. I have a good relationship with him. Going out to explain this is a bit awkward, but it was worth it to be able to put an end to the subject, ”the former Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata began his story.
The Gallic, after 27 games, appears in the seventh position of the Brasileirao, 17 behind the leader Palmeiras and four behind Paranaense and Corinthians, the last to qualify for the next Copa Libertadores. “I don’t know how they brought up that topic that there was a discussion. I don’t understand. Cuca always calls a player to explain, but they are football talks, of what he intends within the field of play. One may not agree, but Cuca is open to chat. I never had an argument with him or the Hulk. I’m surprised they made it up,” he added.
The Galo figure also explained how his presence at Ponzio’s farewell match was managed: “The technical commission had released me a long time ago, it was planned. But it wasn’t a game that was at risk of injury, either. They were all friends and former players. It was nothing to get hurt, it was to say goodbye to a club idol, a friend. I asked permission to be here and they behaved very well. But today I am available to train”. The next game for the cast of Belo Horizonte will be on Wednesday, October 28, when they receive point guard Palmeiras.
To close, he banished the rumors that marked a possible return to River Plate despite having a contract with the Brazilian club until December 2023. “Always in Argentina, from the first day I came, there are notes that I am going to return. I am very happy here, very comfortable. Unfortunately this year we are not given the results, but there is a good group”, he outlined.
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