The future of Colombia captain, Mario Yepes has finally been resolved as the 38-year-old defender has signed for Copa Libertadores champions, San Lorenzo. The former River Plate, Paris St Germain and AC Milan player has signed an 18-month-deal and will immediately be available to manager, Edgardo Bauza.
Speaking at his official unveiling with San Lorenzo, Yepes told the press, “I will try and make sure that this club stays at the top.”
Although he has trained with his new club, Yepes has not played a competitive match since the World Cup and so understandably he might be a little off full fitness. However, he added, “I will try to adapt quickly and get well physically.”
One thing that is perhaps surprising is that Yepes had verbally agreed to join Independiente just before the end of the transfer window before backing out of the deal on the grounds that his wife did not want to move to Argentina and he did not want his children schooled here.
Yepes has obviously had a change in heart: “I wanted to be close to my country, to return to South America despite having offers from Europe.”
It is more likely that the only other firm offer on the table was from Millionarios in his native Colombia and San Lorenzo can obviously offer the opportunity to play in the World Club Championships at the end of the year in Morocco. A point not lost on Yepes when he told reporters, “I am going to play two World Cups in 6 months.”
Whatever the reason, El Ciclón have gained a hugely valuable defender whose experience got be crucial, not just in Morocco but in improving the team’s fortunes in the current Torneo Transición.