Twins, Rogelio and Rafeal Funes Mori have been separated from the rest of the River Plate squad and will not be travelling on the preseason training trip to Salta over their refusal to sign contract extensions on their deals that expire in 2014. As River actively try and offload the pair, David Trezeguet also ponders over his next move but this weekend is all about the farewell to Ariel Ortega as River hold a celebration in El Monumental in his honour….
Since River President, Daniel Passarella travelled to Europe it has been widely reported that both the Funes Mori Brothers were up for sale, along with the highly sought after Eder Alvarez Balanta. Earlier in the window it appeared that Rogelio could be heading to the Bundesliga, as Bayer Leverkusen seemed willing to part with 6 million Euros but with that deal stalled and not much other interest in the pair River were instead keen for them to sign extensions to their deals. This would not alter the fact that River were still eager to sell but would eliminate any risk of the contracts running down and then losing them for nothing. It is worth remembering that Alvarez Balanta signed his deal only last week as it was known that Passarella was discussing a possible big money move to Monaco or AC Milan.
With this refusal River have now taken the stance that the pair will not train with the rest of the squad and will not travel to Salta for preseason training. The only possible move as it stands is for Rogelio Funes Mori to move to Genoa, initially on loan with the view of paying 6 million Euros. However, it remains to be seen if the Italian club will be willing to part with such money for a striker whose goal scoring record is not particularly impressive. Where this leaves the brothers is unknown as River Vice-President has spoken strongly on the subject and said “We will not be slaves to any representative or player.” This story will rumble on for some time yet so we will see.
Meanwhile, another player deemed surplus to requirements is David Trezeguet. The former France International was told that we would not be in the squad for the Torneo Inicial starting in August following his knee surgery in April. Now the world cup winner is looking at other offers in a bid to extend his glittering career. Trezeguet has reportedly met with Miguel Russo, Coach of newly promoted, Rosario Central to discuss a proposed loan move but has also attracted interest from Newell’s Old Boys, Banfield, Colon and Estudiantes.
This weekend also marks the farewell to a River Plate favourite, Ariel Ortega. A testimonial of sorts will be played later today in his honour at El Monumental so River’s fans can say goodbye to one of their legendary number 10’s. More on this tomorrow, for now enjoy some of ‘El Burrito’s’ best moments….