Oswaldo Alanis’ nightmare summer is finally over. Spanish second division side Real Oviedo announced on Tuesday the defender had signed with the club for two seasons.
After not lining up with Getafe’s plans for this season, the Mexican international was released from his contract (just three months after signing over from Chivas) and forced to find work elsewhere. MLS came calling, Chivas came calling, but Alanis’ intentions were always to remain in Europe.
The team to take a chance on him would come in the form of Real Oviedo, who have not been a part of Spain’s first division since 2001. In fact, the team was in the third tier as little as three years ago and was on the verge of bankruptcy.
The former Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Chivas player will play with the number 3 on his back and will be presented to the public Wednesday, August 29 at 13:00 hours, according to the team’s website.
According to Record, Alanis’ contract with Oviedo includes a clause that could see the 29-year-old be released as early as January if and when another (seemingly bigger) club comes calling.
Real Oviedo has its ties to Mexico. The club is owned by Grupo Carso, a Mexican global conglomerate owned by multimillionaire Carlos Slim that owned a 30 percent share in Liga MX clubs Pachuca and Club Leon from 2012-17. Grupo Pachuca (majority owner of both clubs) bought out all of Carso’s shares late last year, ending the five-year long partnership.
Alanis will join Panamanian international Édgar Yoel Bárcenas, who is on loan at Oviedo from Club Tijuana and played for Ascenso MX side Cafetaleros last season.
Alanis could make his debut for the club Saturday, Sept. 1 when Oviedo take on Cadiz in week three of the Segunda Division.
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