Oswaldo Alanis was spotted at Chivas’ practice yesterday, participating with the first team for the first time since being dropped by manager Matias Almeyda. Alanis’s representative met with Jorge Vergara, the owner of Chivas de Guadalajara, two days ago and both hashed out a deal so he would be able to play the last six months left on his contract. Chivas made it official on Wednesday by hosting a press conference, with Alanis stating he’s committed to the club for the next six months and is moving to a European team, that of which he can’t reveal. Links to Getafe CF and Real Betis in Spain have been rumored though.
Vergara made it public, posting on Twitter Tuesday that he was unhappy with the way the organization had been handling the situation. The response was swift, with the Morelia native being promoted back to the first team.
Vergara’s response comes after Chivas coach Almeyda had previously made comments to the media saying Oswaldo wouldn’t play with Chivas again this season
The way Chivas went about contract negotiations with six months left on Oswaldo Alanis’s contract has also gathered plenty of criticism, more specifically from national team players and the Mexican Footballers Association (AMFpro). Chivas were called out for abusing the famous “Pacto de Caballeros”. If you’d like a breakdown of El Pacto de Caballeros, and a recap of the Oswaldo Alanis story you can click here.
Of course, Alanis’s return leaves Chivas with a viable option at center-back that could start as soon as Saturday against Cruz Azul. Whether Alanis will start or even get subbed on is anyone’s guess. Chivas in their first outing this Clausura against Toluca didn’t seem at their best on the defensive end, needing a goal from Javier Eduardo “La Chofis” Lopez to salvage a point.
What do you think? Will Oswaldo Alanis get any playing time Saturday against La Maquina?