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Cruzeiro president reiterates his desire to keep Montillo, but admits the player wants to quit

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Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has reiterated his desire to keep midfielder Walter Montillo at the club, but admits the player wants to quit.

Montillo, 28, has been targeted by Santos throughout the close season and despite renewing his contract in 2012, it appears the Argentine wants to leave the Belo Horizonte club.

“Montillo plays for Cruzeiro, his contract was extended in 2012, he had a beautiful adjustment of salary and has a contract until 2015,” Tavares told Globo Esporte.

“He is the player of Cruzeiro. Now, no one holds any athlete who does not want to stay at the club. Do not know if this is the situation with Montillo because he is on vacation.

“But what we hear is that his manager is working in all forms in order to put him in another club. I did not hear it from his manager. I heard it from people in the press.

“But hopefully it will not make any effort in this direction, because Cruzeiro would like to count on Montillo in 2013.”

The talks with Santos have been ongoing for a number of weeks and Tavares is sceptical if they will ever reach an agreement.

“I've had enough of talking with the board of Santos. I've spoken several times, send email every day, phone. But if we cannot reach an agreement, he will not leave.”

The president did not reveal how much Cruzeiro want for the player, nor how much Santos had offered but the fee is believed to be around €15 million for 100% of the player’s economic rights.

“We do not put values because it hinders us. But everyone knows how much Montillo was assessed at the beginning of last year.” 


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