Getafe - Ustari can leave
Spaniards to sell record signing
By Lucas Brown. Last Updated: November 21, 2007 5:26pm
Ustari (L) and team-mate Abbondanzieri
Getafe have announced that they want goalkeeper Oscar Ustari to leave as soon as possible, but only because they want him to play regularly.
The Argentinian international was Los Azulones' record signing when he moved from Independiente in the summer for 6 million euros and was expected to become the club's number one.
However, Roberto Abbondanzieri's decision not to leave has meant that Ustari has had to play second string to his compatriot and has made only two appearances this term.
Club president Angel Torres has admitted that keeping Ustari on the bench is unfair and is looking to sell or loan him during the winter transfer window.
"We are going to wait and see what happens, but Ustari cannot continue not to play," he explained.
"Either a team will buy him or we will have to send him out on loan to somewhere where he can play regularly.
"He was an investment and also because there was a chance that Pato would leave during the summer, but that did not happen in the end because he said he wanted to stay with Getafe.
"Ustari cannot stay to just play in cup games and I am not going to tell the coach who he can and cannot play.
"There have been no concrete offers yet, but we know that there are some big clubs in England, Italy and Spain looking for a keeper and he could be the player they want."
Ustari's agent, Cristian Fernandez, agrees that moving on could be the best thing for his client as he wants to challenge Abbondanzieri for a place in the Argentinian national team.
"We still do not have anything concrete, but it is true that we are looking for alternatives because he does not want to stay if he cannot play," he said.
"He does not want to lose his rhythm and he is still young and wants to be in a team."