Grêmio players and fans hope Luxemburgo will sign a new deal
Sunday was a special day for the blue half of Porto Alegre as Grêmio secured a place in the top 4 of the Brasileirão this season, which guarantees Copa Libertadores qualification for 2013.
However, there is still a cloud hanging over the club as they try to convince head coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo to stay at the club next season. The former Real Madrid coach has refused to discuss the negotiations in his press conferences this week, but was left in no doubt as to the wishes of the fans and players after the 2-1 victory against São Paulo on Sunday.
Firstly the 46,000 strong crowd chanted "stay" at the coach, and then after the game it was the words of striker Marcelo Moreno and midfielder Marco Antônio who pleaded with the coach to continue at the club.
Moreno told Lancenet: "Everyone is wanting. He has changed the face of Grêmio. It's a winning coach. Let's try to do everything we can to get him to stay here and we can start with the team ready to maybe win the title that fans are expecting."
The former Wigan star's words were backed up by Antônio. He said:
"The coach knows what we think. It is particularly telling and others also spoke. I want him and I hope he stays."