Yony Gonzalez rejoins Benfica after unimpressive loan stint at Corinthians

Corinthians announced on Tuesday afternoon that Colombian forward Yony Gonzalez has returned to former side Benfica after completing his loan tenure.
by Sambafoot
15/07/2020 3:14 PM
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The 26-year-old arrived in Sao Paulo in February on a loan deal that included an option for Corinthians to make the deal permanent after six months.

However, that purchase option included that Gonzalez would have to make five appearances at least and at the end of the day his total could only amount to four. This was massively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic which paused football and caused a break in the sport globally.

Had the player featured up to the required minimum of five times, he would have then signed a new contract with Timão until 2023. Sadly, none of that failed to materialize at the end of the day and the club’s board decided a permanent move at that point would be a mistake.

Due to all of the issues mentioned above, Corinthians released a statement and explained why they were making the decision not to sign Gonzalez permanently.

“Sport Club Corinthians Paulista informed SL Benfica, from Portugal, of the return of striker Yony González after the end of the loan.”

“In the athlete’s contract, there was an automatic purchase clause after five matches played, and so far – due to the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic – González played in only four games. Together with the technical committee, the Corinthians’ board reassessed the situation and decided not to exercise the purchase option.”

“This Tuesday (14), he held his last training session with the rest of the group.”

Corinthians went on to further thank him for his time and also wished him good luck for his future endeavors.

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