Grêmio striker Marcelo Moreno apologises for his father’s outburst but wants to remain in Porto Alegre
Grêmio striker Marcelo Moreno has apologised for his father’s outburst over his proposed move to Palmeiras as part of the deal to take Hernán Barcos to Grêmio.
Palmeiras asked Grêmio to include Moreno in the deal, along with Vilson, Leo Gago, Leandro and Rondinelly, to move to the São Paulo club on loan for the season, however the Bolivian’s father, Mauro Martins, was less than impressed by Grêmio’s decision to accept their demands.
He said: “Who are Palmeiras right now? It's a team in the second, third division, which is not a good thing, they have no money, no players and the players that they have all failed, so I do not want my son to go there to be one of the losers.”
Moreno’s father, who was also a professional footballer, said that his son had signed a four-year deal for Grêmio and he intended to see it out, adding that he should only move if a big offer came in from a European club.
“The fault is with Palmeiras, they have no one. So I do not want him to go to a club to lift them up and then send him away.
“I want him to stay at Grêmio because he is moral, and I know that this year he will perform in the Brasileirão and the Libertadores and will be well sold to Europe, because I want him to quit Gremio only if going to be a millionaire in Europe.
“I do not want another Brazilian team equal to or less than Grêmio.”
The actions of Grêmio have hurt the former Wigan striker, who claimed to not know about the deal, and he apologised for his father but reiterated his desire to stay in Porto Alegre.
"I apologise to the clubs and players involved in the review from my father,” he wrote on Twitter.
“My dad is my dad. He acted out of pure impulsiveness. Sorry.
“I do not know anything, I was not notified about it. I'm here, quiet, thinking about my training for tomorrow. I will work harder to gain the trust of the coach, which is the most important thing.”
The Barcos deal is expected to be completed on Saturday when the striker flies into Porto Alegre