Santos president Andres Rueda: “Roma’s offer for Leonardo doesn’t match his value.”

Andy Mattioli

Santos president Andres Rueda addressed the on-going negotiations with Roma for Marcos Leonardo.

Amid management turmoil and poor results on the pitch, Rueda reaffirmed his club’s stance on Leonardo’s future in a recent interview with Atribuna.

“We really need him considering our difficult situation. Our goal is to keep the player until the end of the year. We were presented with a proposal far below our expectations, which is why our position was not to accept it.”

“Now we are talking and we will come to a good decision for both Santos and the player. Leonardo’s back in training, he’s made himself available and everything is back to normal,” said Rueda.

“When we talk about a total of Roma’s offer of €18 million, we think the bonuses included are feasible, but this is not the case otherwise we would risk a lot. Only two of these are easily achievable: a call-up to the national team and 75 matches played for Roma. The risk belongs to Santos because if Roma decide to loan him to another club it’s not worth it. The bonuses were very difficult to achieve, which is why Santos would risk not earning €18 million.”

“Roma has proposed a payment in four installments over a period of two years, but it is negotiable. Roma’s offer doesn’t match the player’s value, it doesn’t make sense.”

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