Jorge Fossati rules out Renato Tapia for 2024 Copa America: “I spoke to him about the trip, but it wasn’t enough”

Jorge Fossati rules out Renato Tapia for 2024 Copa America: “I spoke to him about the trip, but it wasn’t enough”
The national team coach said he spoke to the player, but nothing was enough. (Video: Movistar Deportes)

A controversy has arisen recently Peru Regarding the decision Renato Tapia Don’t travel to the US for a friendly against El Salvador on Friday, June 14. In a statement, the player himself explained his reasons for not taking the flight to North American soil and sent a message to Agustin Lozano, the president of the FPF. Copa America 2024 If you are seriously injured. After several more visits, the technician George Fossati He rejected the midfielder for the continental competition.

He gave it through a press conference after training ‘Two Colors’ In Philadelphia, the coach admitted that he spoke with the football player in which he explained the reasons why he should participate in the international competition, however, it did not change his mind.

“I spoke with Renato on Sunday night and he explained my arguments for traveling, but I think they are not enough. I respect, they are not children. There are some rules to follow here, you have every right to think differently and do things your way. “I mean, At least, we are not counting Renato for this Copa America,” he announced to reporters.

In the same way, he felt that the best option would be for the footballer to travel with the national delegation while the matter is resolved.

“Our proposition is that without becoming anyone’s lawyer, I see that there are many opportunities for this situation to be temporarily resolved. This is not a problem that has been going on for years, it just happened. Without solving the problem, we felt it was appropriate to work hard to ensure that the player was here. (in the US) and do it with complete peace of mind,” he opined.

Renato Tapia captained Peru in their last friendly against Paraguay. – Credits: Getty Images

now, George Fossati He explained his plan Renato TapiaIn addition to supporting the position of FPF. “We felt it was right for him to come and stay until the deadline. If the situation is not defined in that case, leave the delegation. I know the Federation is continuing to make efforts as we have hoped. As I said, the possibility of solving the problem seemed very feasible to me. “It doesn’t seem like this to Renato, everyone has a chance to decide their career as long as it doesn’t affect the group,” he said.

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That’s not all, the 71-year-old coach praised the 28-year-old footballer and lamented the absence of other elements such as Yoshimar Yoden and Renato Solis due to injury.

“It would seem silly on my part to deny Renato’s qualities as a footballer, but I think we need to solve problems quickly rather than being sad. A month ago I dropped an important one in the national team like Yotún. And Renado Solis is injured and unable to come. It pains me that they can’t do that, but immediately, when that happens, one has to look for solutions. “The team is structured in such a way that there is no single player at any position,” he said.

Jorge Fossati talks with Renato Tapia during a training session for the Peruvian team. – Credits: FPF

In this way, D.T ‘Charrua’ He will have to work with 28 soccer players in the United States to see what will happen in the match against the Salvadorans. What’s more, CONMEBOL has authorized an increase from 23 to 26 in the number each strategist must face. Copa America 2024. Alex Valera is another player who left for personal reasons.

Peru They will play against each other in a friendly manner Savior Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm at Subaru Park in Pennsylvania. It will be the last test for George Fossati Copa America 2024.


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