Cruzeiro unhappy with Santos approach for Walter Montillo
Cruzeiro have hit out at the behaviour of Santos over the approach for Argentine midfielder Walter Montillo.
The Belo Horizonte club have reacted furiously to comments made by Odílio Rodrigues, vice-president at Santos, who claimed to have come to an agreement with the player over a three-year contract. He told radio Estadão ESPN:
“We agreed a contract with the player and his manager. He has a great relationship with our players and wanted to play for Santos.
“Muricy (Ramalho) is very fond of him. The contract is for three years, but there are still some points to sort out.”
However, Cruzeiro, who announced Marcelo Oliveira as their new coach yesterday, have denied that this information is correct, and accused Santos of tapping the midfielder up. Something they themselves have complained about over the interest in Neymar from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Santos are doing wrong,” director of football Alexandre Mattos told Lancenet!
“Did they not complain when both clubs from Spain directly spoke with Neymar? Because they are doing the same with Montillo.
“The proposal of Santos is well below what we ask. It's too far. Light years. Cruzeiro’s response to the proposal of Santos is 'no'. I do not see any possibility of this deal happening.”
Mattos confirmed that, while Cruzeiro did not want to sell the player, they had spoken to clubs about a possible transfer. But, as yet, none had been deemed viable by the club.
“I did not talk more with São Paulo after the first conversation. And now all this is very big story about Montillo.
“If other clubs from Brazil want Montillo they have to come here and pay. Because, for now, that did not happen.”