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River has welcomed the renewals of Ponzio and Pinola, but could lose an important piece of the midfield

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Javier Pinola and Leo Ponzio, two River referents, close to renewing their ties (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)

Gradually, the passing market in River Plate begins to move and its first movements are focused on maintaining the base of the squad. According to Infobae from the leadership, The renovations of two pillars and references within the squad led by Marcelo Gallardo have been approved: Leonardo Ponzio and Javier Pinola. Both will stamp their signatures once their vacation is over.

“Let’s see how I’ll be in June. From here to what I have left, be it June or December, I don’t think it will go past December. This 2021 is my last year as a footballer ”, one of River’s captains had warned in February of this year.

Although he does not have the same prominence today as he did a few years ago, the 39-year-old midfielder is a key part of the group and an interesting spare part for the Doll on certain occasions during the game. Before this panorama, His idea is to extend the link for six more months.

A similar case is that of the 38-year-old central marker, who missed a good part of last semester due to the fracture of his right forearm during the Millionaire’s 1-0 victory over Platense in the Professional League Cup. In the club they are satisfied with their performances and their interference within the group, but The duration of your new contract is not yet defined (it could be 6 or 18 months).

It is worth noting that in the past the footballer left open the possibility of returning to Nuremberg in Germany, an entity where he is considered an idol.

Bruno Zuculini seeks to emigrate in search of continuity and economic improvement (REUTERS / Marcelo Endelli)
Bruno Zuculini seeks to emigrate in search of continuity and economic improvement (REUTERS / Marcelo Endelli)

However, in the run-up to a new preseason (the professional team is scheduled to return to practice on Wednesday 16 and it remains to be decided whether they will finally travel to the United States – there is the possibility of getting vaccinated – or if it will be done entirely in Ezeiza ) a footballer expressed his desire to emigrate in search of new challenges.

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Is about Bruno Zucilini, who despite the departures of Nacho Fernández (Atlético Mineiro) and Santiago Sosa (Atlanta United) did not have the continuity that I wanted in the last time. The man emerged from the Racing Club quarry lost ground with the incorporations of Agustín Palavecino and José Paradela.

The multifunctional midfielder only participated in 5 games (starter against Independiente Santa Fe, Junior de Barranquilla and Estudiantes, and entered a few minutes against Boca -2- and Godoy Cruz -7-).

Based on what this site was able to find out from the player environment, his idea is to emigratebasically for two reasons. One is the lack of opportunityI know that he had in the last time. The other is the economic, since for more than two years that his salary has not been updated.

Although he still has one year left on his contract (until June 30, 2022), he will seek to achieve an exit that benefits all parties. Zuculini, in the last hours, received an offer from Italy (He had a stint at Hellas Verona, a club that still has a percentage of its record) and some more exotic leagues, like those of Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, for example.

River still dreams of retaining Rafael Santos Borré (@fotobairesarg)
River still dreams of retaining Rafael Santos Borré (@fotobairesarg)

Besides Pinola and Ponzio, There are two other footballers whose contract ends on June 30: Jorge Moreira and Rafael Santos Borré.

The case of the right back is a story sentenced for several months. Since he returned to the institution after the Portland Timbers of the MLS did not make use of his purchase option, the Paraguayan only played two games for the Diego Armando Maradona Cup (56 minutes against Rosario Central and 68 minutes against Godoy Cruz) and he was no longer taken into account by the Doll, who even excluded him from the list in good faith to play the Copa Libertadores.

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The forward, on the other hand, is shaping up to be one of the winter novels. Although it will not be an easy task, in Núñez they will seek to retain the top scorer of the Gallardo cycle. The idea is to seduce him with a significant salary increase and a compensation clause for River when the Colombian is sold.

The Colombian would not be disappointed to extend his stay at the Millionaire, but his great desire is to return to Europe to remove the thorn that was stuck in him after not being able to prove all his worth in Atlético Madrid and Villarreal. Today it has polls from Turkey (Besiktas), Italy (Lazio), Spain (Celta de Vigo) and the English Premier League.

The striker, who will play the Copa América with his national team, has already discarded important offers from Gremio and Palmeiras in the last half.


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