Why do the players want to leave Colo Colo?

Colo Colo has experienced a complex month in the transfer market. In less than three weeks he lost Gabriel Suazo, Gabriel Costa, Oscar Opazo and Juan Martin Lucero, four starters from the team that won last season. All controversial outings, but that of the Argentine scorer ended up bordering on scandal and struck deep into the hearts of the fans.

These casualties are added to other departures such as that of Luciano Arriagada, only 20 years old, who chose not to renew and go prematurely to Athletico Paranaense in Brazil. While Joan Cruz today is more outside than inside the Monumental, in another mess of interpretation of clauses. Of course, both youths claim a lack of opportunities from the albo coaching staff. Given this scenario, the question arises why players prefer to leave Cacique: Is the project not attractive enough? Is it the fault of Daniel Morón, the sports director?

Precisely, the role of the former goalkeeper has been highly questioned these days. And it is not the first time that has happened to him since he arrived at Black and White. As head of sports management, one of his main tasks is to watch over and ensure the club’s assets, through good management of player contracts. However, most of the footballers who have left Pedreros lately did so as free players, that is, without leaving a single peso to the institution. Whatever the reasons, what is clear is that the club and the executive were incapable of defending the capital of the current Chilean soccer champion and of convincing the fugitives.

Those who have worked with the goalkeeper who won the Copa Libertadores in 1991 assure that Loro handles positive aspects of the position such as the image and seriousness that he must project, but they warn that it is unaware of other fundamental and more specific areas, which have to do with technical and legal elements, for example, the elaboration of the clauses and contractual details. It is about knowledge that is not acquired from one day to the next.

Despite the above, it is true that there is no single explanation and that the responsibility does not fall one hundred percent on a single person. The response to the crisis is multifactorial and is due to a series of reasons in which money, institutional plans and the expectations of the footballer also intersect. “It is not a phenomenon of this year only. It is very difficult for the players to identify with the club, they are there for one or two seasons and they always end up passing through, there is a lot of change. And indeed Colo Colo has lost power, instead of thinking about going to compete for an international tournament”, says Leonel Herrera Silva, former white striker.

The author of the third white goal in the unforgettable 1991 Copa Libertadores final resigns himself to the fact that the economic difference is abysmal. “You have to start from the basis that we have no chance of competing with Argentina and Brazil, we don’t even come close to fighting for any reinforcements. And if Lucero is offered an attractive project where he knows he is going to be the protagonist, logically he will be interested”, he affirms about the forward’s departure to Fortaleza. Of course, he warns: “If there is a commitment, it must be respected.”

For Leonardo Véliz, another prominent figure in Alba history, the situation causes him a certain degree of intrigue. “It is very strange what happens. In my time, one of the dreams was to play in Colo Colo and from there go to the National Team. I wonder if Colo Colo lost hierarchy. I think not with history, but in administrative management “establishes.

In this sense, he gives examples of some cases. “Rabello left a few years ago, there have been other goats that have left. And, now from what I see, Daniel (Morón) would be a bit in question with his management of seducing the players “, questions. Or, more recently, that of Martín Rodríguez, who activated a modest exit clause less than six months after arriving at the club.

Precisely, this seduction is related to the sports project of Colo Colo. Herrera believes that “It is a whole, because when you renew a player you have to present him with an attractive project, where, in the case of Colo Colo, the desire to progress internationally is shown. But unfortunately that is a problem for all clubs. Just look at the Chilean teams in international competitions. So when offers come along, offering that projection outside, players end up taking them. It happened with Opazo or Suazo himself, who at his best, chose not to continue.

A similar opinion is held by Carlos Caszely, who in various interviews has been critical of these situations. “Colo Colo has the obligation to fight for national championships, but in Libertadores we have no chance. It is deceiving people when they say that we are going to win the Copa Libertadores”, he indicated in statements to Directv.

Meanwhile, Véliz, whose greatest success as coach was third place in the 1993 Under 17 World Cup, goes precisely to the formative aspect and recalls a report that came into his hands a few years ago. “I have a 33-page report from Casa Alba that a teacher made, where he highlights the aspirations of the youth. The first was to play for Colo Colo for six months, make himself known and leave for Europe; then, wearing designer clothes, having a new car from 18 sticks up and the last one was to marry a blonde girl. I believe that in these years some things have changed, but apparently others have not. It is something to see the case of Luciano Arriagada ”, he reveals.

For El Pollo, being in the popular team is like playing in the National Team, due to the degree of exposure and comfort that the soccer players have. “Today there is a very large populism to win over people. After two or three games or winning a championship, people idolize them, but as soon as they see a few coins shine, they leave. It hurts a lot and I also played for money, but the difference is that before there was a value and respect for the place where you were. Today, instead, money is the bane of all civilizations, ”she laments.

Meanwhile Caszely charges against the agents. “The players are badly advised. The representatives look for juveniles, buy them a couple of things and glimpse with that. The representatives in football are quite strong cancer. In Spain, they can only make that decision at 19 years of age,” he says.

In the Monumental they try to explain what happened in the cases of Costa, Opazo and Suazo. From them, The Peruvian was the one who least convinced Quinteros and that is why the offer was also lower. Despite having accepted it at first, the player changed his mind at the last minute and emigrated to Alianza Lima. While Torta also had everything ready and chose to repent and go to Racing, while the captain had expressed his idea that his departure would leave money for the club, but none of that happened and he decided not to renew. Of course, for them what happened to Lucero was a blow and they are still trying to understand it, although They know that the economic factor was key for him to even emigrate violating the contract he had.

Similarly, both in the case of Lucero and Cruz, they blame the representatives. “As long as things are not signed, everything is uncertainty. If there is a good example of this, it is this year. Even worse, even things that are signed are uncertain.”recognizes a member of the table.

Leonel Herrera Silva is concerned about Gustavo Quinteros. “He is left in a very uncomfortable position and I would dare to say that even his continuity is in danger. Because people are going to demand, he is idolized today, but if he loses four or five games or is eliminated in the first round of the Libertadores, the mood is different and the credit is running out ”, he says.

Despite the concern of Chuflinga’s son, in Macul they assure that the DT is calm before the complex scenario. However, that version is far from what was expressed publicly by Gustavo Quinteros when he returned to Chile a week ago. “To me, as a coach and after having met them, I am very sorry and in pain that important players who should not have left left. For various reasons they left and now it will be difficult to replace them with players with a similar or better level”, warned the Bolivian nationalized Argentine.

From the concessionaire they aim to comply with the requests made by the strategist and guarantee that the squad will not be depowered. They promise hierarchy. However, if the situation does not improve in the short term, in the Monumental there are those who maintain that the DT will evaluate its continuity, since it handles a couple of proposals from abroad, but has not yet sat down to analyze it in depth.