Deportivo reluctantly expects Bravo for preseason

After its failure to get rid of striker Omar Bravo, Deportivo La Coruña will be expecting the striker following his Gold Cup duties with Mexico.

Deportivo, however, will not be greeting him with open arms. Bravo will only be there because he is still under contract with Deportivo making it mandatory for him to assist to the preseason camps.

Miguel Angel Lotina, manager of Deportivo, has said that he does not need him, and he was only called to training until they can find a replacement team for Bravo.

"There are eight forwards fighting for a starting role," reported La Opinion de la Coruña. "Ruben Castro will have no problem finding a different team, but it will be more difficult to find a team for the Uruguayan Sebastian Taborda and for the Mexican Omar Bravo. These two do not fall in the manager's plans."

Deportivo did not care where it sent Bravo. As long as it got the "extra load" off its back then the Spanish club would be satisfied. Bravo, though, had expressed before that he would not go to just any club. If he did not like the club, he was not going to sign.

Deportivo's top officials went to Mexico to make a deal and during last month's draft to try to work out a deal. There were two frontrunners who seemed interested in Bravo, Cruz Azul and Atlante.

Cruz Azul was in search of more firepower following last season's disappointing finish. Atlante, on the other hand, was looking to bolster up its attack for the upcoming Club World Cup. No deal was ever made, though, and Deportivo took the load back to Spain.

Deportivo has called Bravo back in for preseason training but that doesn't mean it will be requiring his services, said Deportivo president Cesar Lendoiro.

"We called them because they are a part of the institution, and we want them to be in the best shape possible," he said. "At this moment though Bravo's future with the first team is not yet defined."

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