Our new signing Jonas Gutierrez is refusing to allow his transfer to Newcastle be dampened by the potential law suite his former club Real Mallorca have indicated they will launch against him.
Jonas Gutierrez – he did everything above board
Jonas talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œMy conscience is clear and I am not worried by the actions of Real Mallorca.”
“I just want to play for Newcastle in the Premier League.â€
Newcastle have done absolutely nothing wrong legally, but Mallorca are obviously upset they got so little for their best player, after almost selling him to Portsmouth in January for Â£8M (10M euro).
Of course, to make things worse for Mallorca, the club is in dire financial straights right now, with former chairman Freddy Shepherd ready to buy the club.
Mallorca President Vicente Grande has threatened to report both Newcastle and the player to FIFA in a bid to claim the Â£8m in compensation he believes they are entitled to.Â But Gutierrez only took advantage of FIFA’s Article 17 rule, and everything seems to have been legally above board.
â€œThis could hurt Real Mallorca a great deal because of our financial situation,â€
â€œIt has come at a very bad time for us.”
“We cannot understand the attitude of the player who has done this to force a move to England. This issue is certainly not closed.”
“The club will be contacting FIFA because we believe we have a very sound case.”
“The minimum we want to recuperate is the 10 million euros Portsmouth offered us in the winter market.â€
The Journal today says the issue is further complicated because Gutierrez is still partly owned by Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield, who will also expect to receive part of any fee.
The 24-year-old was due to return to Velez this summer following a three-year loan deal with Mallorca, but his decision to buy out his contract means he is able to move to England instead.
Velez Sarsfield president Alvaro Balestrini explained:
â€œJonas Gutierrez was due to return to Velez Sarsfield on 1st July in accordance with the contracts signed with Mallorca, owners of 50% of his economic rights.”
“After three seasons on loan at Mallorca he would have had to come back to Velez if Newcastle had not come in.â€
If you dismiss the grumblings of Mallorca, which are understandable in the circumstances, this seems a brilliant deal by Newcastle, to get such a good player at such a low price, even though the move seems to have been rather complex.
Now who said Wise and the other two Recruitment Directors weren’t earning their money?Â Â 😀
This looks like a great acquisition for the club, at an extremely low price.
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