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Union: “We have not been contacted by Santa Fe”

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Oscar Ostos, deputy editor of El Tiempo, tweets that Santa Fe is pursuing other central defender options after Carlos Valdes loan deal is off.

ESPN Deportes’ Jorge Ramos tweets that Colombian National team coach Jose Pekerman has “recommended” Carlos Valdes to Boca Juniors.]

Three months? Six months? Deal, no deal?

That’s how we began Friday morning’s news roundup after yet another report out of Colombia about the efforts of Independiente Santa Fe, the Union captain’s former club, to secure him on a loan deal.

The latest round of Carlos Valdes rumors began with a report on Wednesday from Gol Caracol, the soccer programming wing of Colombia’s Caracol Television network, which said that Independiente Santa Fe had announced in a press release that club president Cesar Pastrana “already arranged the contract with defender Carlos Valdes and is only awaiting the endorsement of the MLS. The loan of the Colombian national defender would be for six months.” (Original Spanish language report here, crappy Google translation here.)

When asked about the report, a Union spokesperson told PSP, “We have not been contacted by Santa Fe so Carlos will not be going on loan at this time.”

Is that the end to the rumors? Probably not.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, Gol Caracol posted a video interview with Valdes in which he says he hopes to play for Santa Fe for three months in the beginning of the new year and is only awaiting approval from the Union, echoing comments he made on a Colombian radio show earlier this month that were later translated by the Brotherly Game. (To view the video in Spanish, click here. To view a Google translation of the video post (but not the audio of the video itself), click here. Any Spanish speakers out there? Get in touch.)

Meanwhile, as was described in Friday morning’s roundup, Tweet reports continue to come out suggesting that any loan offer is dead (crappy Google translation here).



  1. Sounds like Ron Burgundy is now working at the Union–

    Independiente: We’d like to get Carlos Valdes on loan.

    Union: What? Were you saying something? Look, I don’t speak Spanish.

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