One of the biggest surprises for Liga MX and Chivas followers happened yesterday, when César Merlo announced that Matías Almeyda, who recently resigned from his job at San José Earthquakes, will be the new coach of Greek side AEK Athens FC.
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Since Marcelo Michel Leaño was sacked from Chivas a few weeks ago, everything pointed to a reunion with the last coach that gave them their last Liga MX title as well as the last title they’ve won, the CONCACAF Champions League, five years ago.
But given that Amaury Vergara is now owner of El Rebaño Sagrado, he decided to pass on the opportunity, as the last interaction he had with Almeyda before he resigned was a discussion that he hasn’t been able to let go.
With the closed door to one of the teams that, according to his own words, he feels most affection for, Almeyda decided to look for different opportunities and new leagues, which is why he decided to take his first European gig.
The Chivas players that he could take with him
Even if Almeyda hasn’t coached in Liga MX for three years, he followed closely what happened in Mexico’s top flight, which is why he knows which players are ready to start their European adventure along with him.
The first player that he will pursue is Alexis Vega, as the 24-year-old left-winger, who hasn’t renewed with El Rebaño Sagrado and is looking to leave over the summer. Vega is Chivas’s best player and is ready to play in Europe, especially in a league that is not as demanding as the top five.
The second player that Almeyda wants to add to the Énosis is Fernando “Nene” Beltrán, a player that even if he didn’t get to coach, knows well as he was involved in the formation of the academy players, especially since he debuted several of them.
Chivas’s gem is on his radar
The last player that Almeyda has set his eye on is the newest revelation in El Rebaño Sagrado: Sebastián Pérez Bouquet, who had his debut in Liga MX this season and has become a regular with both Michel Leaño and Cadena.