Sergio Fernández: ‘Lucas Pérez has to understand the club where he is

The sports director of Alavés, Sergio Fernández, assumed this Monday that, “if nothing strange happens”, the club will once again have “the third or fourth lowest budget in the category” and pointed out that it has not received any formal offer from the Seville for Joselu Mato.

The head of the Technical Secretariat of the Vitoria team took stock and spoke about the future of Glorioso at a breakfast with the press in which he assessed the situation of the club in its sixth season in First Division, a unique milestone in the entity’s 100-year history.

“In 90% of the years our economic position is marked by the League that stipulates the level of spending,” said the Leonese, aware that they will have “limitations” and that it will be “practically impossible to assume transfers”, so he pointed to new assignments and free players, to complete the new squad.

“We have little to spend and with that little we will try to do what we can,” added the person in charge of forming the Albiazul squad, who did not hesitate to affirm that they live “in a hostile environment from the sporting point of view” because many teams fight “for the same goals.”

TO Sergio Fernandez would love to have Florian Lejeune, Rodrigo Battaglia and Facundo Pellistri, but he sees it as “difficult” because the good performance offered by these loaned players will complicate their continuity at the Vitoria club, although he revealed that “they would be open to extending their continuity.”

There will be changes in the next Albiazul squad but Fernández said they have to “evolve, rather than revolutionize the group”, who will once again experience a complex economic situation.

He explained that currently they have not received any offer from Sevilla for Joselu Mato and that if the interest arrives they will value it, although he would like the Galician to be a babazorro for many years.

Asked about the situation of Fernando Pacheco placeholder image, who was in the pools to go to the Eurocup, said that “it is another very important asset” and although he wanted its continuity, he has a contract in force, he acknowledged that they do not live “apart from the economic needs of the club” .

On Lucas Perez, showed his interest in recovering the player who shone last season and clarified that Abelardo Fernández did not remove him from the team, but chose another player in his place. “I think he is a fantastic player and he has to understand the club where he is. If we are able to combine his interests with those of the club, we will enjoy him,” he said and said that “he is a recoverable player.”

Fernández confirmed that Ximo Navarro and Tomás Pina will continue one more course and left a conversation pending to discuss the renewal with Rodrigo Ely, who has been injured for much of the season.

Regarding the departure of the captain Manu Garcia, accepted that “you can always do things differently”, but stressed that it was a decision “exclusively sports” and “with the utmost respect.”

“Possibly we lose essence, but we do it with the intention of recovering other things that we had lost along the way. Time will tell if we have succeeded or not,” he said.

Sergio Fernandez He admitted that during the season there were “moments in which reality was distorted” and that “in a strange way this year issues have been touched that were not true and have fueled detachment among the people who live together on a day-to-day basis.”

“The group’s personal reactions failed more than professional ones and that has led us to go through very dangerous moments,” he added.. “It has been said that some of us did not speak to each other and that we had stuck”, stressed the sports director, who categorically denied these facts.