Club Santos Laguna Coach Pedro Caixinha has discarded any new signings for the team during this winter La Liga MX transfer window. Caixinha believes that the team does not need new reinforcements since he already has five players in the international berths, the maximum allowed by the league. The rumor that arose was that Santos was looking to sign Yoshimar Yuton of Sporting Cristal, but Caixinha assures those rumors are not true.
“I already have the five international players allowed,” Caixinha said in an interview with ESPN Deportes. “We’re content with this group, its quality, and the variables that the team can present on the pitch.”
Caixinha went on to say that it was the first time he had heard that name as a possible transfer to his team. He also went on to speak about Uruguayans Ribair Rodriguez and Jonathan Lacerda stating that it has cost the two players to find rhythm with the team. However, he did state that he is confident the players will be ready for the Clausura 2014. He said the same thing about playmaker Darwin Quintero who recently returned to the team from the winter recess.
“It has cost Ribair a bit more to adjust because he has spent longer time inactive,” Caixinha added. “He’s been getting his paperwork in order so he could be available for week 1. It has cost him a lot of physical work to be on par with the team. We have to have him on a special individual workout program so that he could be somewhat at the same level.”
Peralta ready for Copa Libertadores
Santos striker Oribe Peralta says he is ready for 2014. He has the Clausura 2014, Copa Libertadores, and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. While the world cup is months away, Peralta already sees himself playing at the world’s ultimate tournament.
“Every year is important, and you have to give it its due respect,” Peralta said in an ESPN Deportes interview. “I want to be champion with Santos. I’d like to win the Copa Libertadores. To participate in the world cup is a dream. We want to have the best participation at a world cup Mexico has had. There is still time left. But I am thinking about the group stage, the next round, and why not? Be the surprise.”
Peralta closed 2013 in a great fashion. He was part of Miguel Herrera’s team that participated in the World Cup Requalification playoff for Mexico. He shone bright with el Tri scoring five goals in the home and away series. This also earned him the CONCACAF Player of the Year award.