June 03, 2009

Hugo Sanchez will commit to the remainder of his one-year contract with Spanish outfit Almeria after having met with club president Alfonso Garcia to discuss the team's expectations for next season.

Weeks of speculation linking the Mexican coach to Real Madrid and the club's refusal to invest in the transfer market were put to rest after Sanchez and Garcia's 15-hour marathon meeting at the Urcisol installations.

Both coach and president have come to an agreement regarding the club's project for next season (2009-2010) in which they have decided to give continuity to the current base of players; including the club's upstarts.

UD Almeria will continue with its same transfer policy that it has followed in the past years, which has brought good results. While the club cannot afford name players, it has made it a habit of signing promising prospects. With the apparent departure of key players Alvaro Negredo, Bruno Saltor, Jose Manuel Jimenez "Mane," Juan Manuel Ortiz and the Brazilian Iriney Santos da Silva, Hugo has asked for at least three replacements.

The club's most viable options, however, will be to scout the lower leagues. Almeria's directors have already accessed the situation and agreed to bring in one striker and two midfield players.

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