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Sunday, 27 December 2009 15:36

Ze Castro seeking Deportivo exit

Stopper frustrated in Spain

Deportivo La Coruna defender Jose Castro is slowly seeing his hopes of making Portugal’s World Cup squad slip away, and wants a move in January to boost his hopes of making it to South Africa, according to his agent.

The former Academica man has played just five minutes of league football since the third day of the Spanish season, having lost his place in the Galicians side’s defence to Argentine Diego Colotto. As a result, the player’s agent, Nuno Rolo, admits that Ze Castro is actively looking for a move ahead of the winter transfer window.

“Some time ago, around a month back, we spoke about a possible exit, but nothing came of it.  Deportivo told us that it was utterly non-negotiable. We can’t say that there is no possibility to leave in January because everything changes, but right now it’s difficult,” said Rolo.

“He is unhappy with his situation, which is logical. He wouldn’t be a professional if he was happy. Ze Castro always wants more. The situation is not ideal, but there is no problem with Deportivo, it’s just that he would like to play regularly so that he can be at the World Cup. With the injury to Pepe, if Ze Castro played as he did last season with Depor, I think he would have a 100% chance of being in South Africa.”

Ze Castro only joined Deportivo on a permanent deal at the end of last season, having spent the campaign on-loan at the Riazor from Atletico Madrid. However, the 26-year-old’s agent insisted that the player would not be interested in again leaving on a temporary basis, with a permanent switch the most likely outcome.

By Sean Gillen

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