Boca Juniors’ goalkeeping crisis should shortly be put to bed after it was confirmed on Thursday that they’ve agreed a fee with Spanish side Getafe to buy Roberto Abbondanzieri back. The Xeneize will pay €300,000 to the Madrid club for their former custodian.
Abbondanzieri, for his part, had already pleaded with both sides to strike a deal. Having fallen behind countryman Oscar Ustari (out injured for the whole of the present season) and Jacobo Sanz Ovejero in the pecking order, the former selección goalkeeper wants first-team football again, and it doesn’t seem agreeing personal terms will prove too difficult.
‘It’s a matter of pride that a club like Boca are showing their interest. I don’t look at this situation in a good or a bad way, I’m a Getafe player and I have six months left on my contract. I don’t want to offend anyone – I want to make that clear,’ Pato told the press, explaining his reasons behind wanting the move.
Getafe had initially wanted €600,000, but will now settle for the lower fee offered by Boca. All that remains, apparently, is for the exact points of how the payments will be made to be set up. After Caranta, García et al, Abbondanzieri will be welcomed back to La Bombonera with open arms.
He will be welcomed back with open arms, but I doubt he will perform to his former standard. He hasn’t played his best for at least a year, and the injuries and age won’t have helped. He’s a hundred times better than Garcia, but not as good as Caranta was in 06/07 before falling out of form.
Yea, I agree with Justin. Welcome back Pato ! But at 39, how much more does he have ? I would be happy just to get this absurd Caranta farce in the past. Pato is pretty close to a legend at Boca.