We’re on the right track.- President

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 13th.- Even though the team might not have reached its full football capacity, it is on track to achieving the institution’s goals, commented Miguel Ángel Garza, president of Club Tigres UANL this morning.

During an interview with dozens of media representatives, within the framework of the Official Photograph event, the president made it quite clear that there has not been a formal approach with any club regarding the rumors that put Eduardo Vargas in the MLS.

“The team is on track to achieving what the club wants. I don’t think our form is 100%, but we’re working hard and hopefully in the next few games and starting the CONCACAF Champions League, the team will have reached nearly 80 or 90 per cent of its capacity.

“We’d like to start the Liga and CONCACAF Champions League at 100%; it’s a process we’re going through and what’s most important is to finish the tournaments as well as possible, and for the team to be 100% for the finals.”

Regarding the rumor you mentioned about Chilean player Eduardo Vargas…

“I found out about this situation yesterday in the media. They’re rumors that exist not only about Vargas, but also other players. There’s nothing official from the team.

“And if there is anything, well, the last time we talked we commented that on January 31st things would be quieter, regarding signings both into and out of the Club. We’ve seen that the window is still open in some leagues and we have that alternative until those countries close their windows.”

It’s positive that there’s interest in Tigres players…

“We’re very pleased that there’s interest in Tigres players, it means they are valuable in the international market, but unless there’s anything official, we are very happy with Vargas and, as a footballer, he has a role to play in the team.”

  Would you be willing to let him go for 10 million dollars?

“First, it has to be official and then we’ll discuss figures, although the club isn’t talking about a timeframe or numbers. It has to be something that’s good for the player, the institution and the other team. If all three parts come together, then we’ll do it, but we won’t do anything that would put the institution at a disadvantage sports-wise; the negotiation has to be good.”

Only rumors…

“There’s nothing, just media rumors and I know there are representative dealing with Vargas’ situation, but the same happened with Valencia, Zelarayán, Julián. We’re used to this type of situations.”

 So, we could say they are just putting out feelers?

“That’s right (feelers, but no formal offers)”.

Would the club be open to negotiating, if necessary?

“We’re not closed because that would be blocking an opportunity for our players to grow internationally, and if it’s good for the player and for Club Tigres, we’ll sit down and talk about it.”