Although Guillermo Ochoa has established as the starting goalkeeper of the Mexican national team since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Club América goalkeeper will soon have to leave his spot in El Tri as he knows that his entering the last part of his career.
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For now, Gerardo “Tata” Martino has four goalkeepers on his list below Guillermo Ochoa, but once the 2022 FIFA World Cup is over, three of them will be retiring from the Mexican national team, as they all are over 36 years old.
The only goalkeeper in the current roster that will make it into the next World Cup is Carlos Acevedo, although he doesn’t have his place ensured for Qatar, as Martino considers Rodolfo Cota, Jonathan Orozco and Alfredo Talavera over him.
But the Argentine coach is aware that he needs to start looking for new options, as El Tri will have to go through a generational change in the next few months, which is why he already called up David Ochoa, a Mexican American goalkeeper that decided to represent Mexico.
David Ochoa is ready to move to Europe
The 21-year-old goalkeeper has become one of the essential players for MLS side Real Salt Lake, where he’s played 30 games since his debut last season, even if he hasn’t been able to play this season due to an injury that kept him sidelined for the first part of the season.
And according to reports from sports journalist Mariano Trujillo from Fox Deportes, Ochoa has been closely followed by Premier League side West Ham United, as three of the four goalkeepers on their current roster will become free agents once the current season is over, including Alphonse Areola.
Ochoa will become a free agent once the 2022 MLS Season is over, which is why Real Salt Lake could sell him over the summer to recover the investment, and his arrival to the Premier League could speed up his debut with the Mexican national team.
West Ham is not the only interested in him
The Hammers are not the only team interested in signing him for next season, as he also has offers from Atlético Madrid (who will send him to Liga MX in Atlético San Luis) as well as Toluca and Querétaro from Liga MX. In Europe there’s several teams also following him, including Bournemouth, Fulham FC, KV Kortrijk, Cádiz and Real Sociedad.