Velez Sarsfield star Thiago Almada has been interviewed by Argentine outlet TyC this week, and transfer rumours were obviously a topic in the conversation.
During the summer, the player was linked strongly to a move to Sporting. It was claimed that Manchester City would finance the transfer and be able to take him from the Lisbon side later.
Once the transfer window was closed, some rumours said Almada could end up at Boca Juniors instead. But it all made Velez hurry up and give the player a new contract, protecting him with a bigger release clause.
Speaking of these rumours, Almada said: “No one called me from Boca, I think it was just a rumour. My club today are Vélez. My biggest dream is to fight among the first five and win some title for Vélez, then to reach the national team. We are about to fight for great things.”
Then, quoted by TNT, the player has also talked about the interest from Manchester City.
“I always think about everything that is said about me and sometimes it plays against me, because you always dream of playing in Europe. But hey, hopefully one day it will happen. I was close to leaving, I have spoken, but it couldn’t happen, I wanted everything to be for the good of Vélez and my family. Now I renewed my contract and I’m happy to be here.”
On the original video posted by TyC, there are only Almada’s replies, and not the journalist’s questions. So we can’t have an accurate view of what was the player really talking about, and if he was addressing directly to Manchester City, but that’s how it’s presented.