Universitario press conference: December 7
by J.P. Devetori
Universitario held a press conference led by Sporting Director Jean Ferrari and manager Gregorio Perez at Campo Mar. Both Ferrari and Perez went over all important key points ahead of training camp, here are all the spoken points.
New club acquisitions: Alfonso Barco and Joao Villamarin were introduced. Barco is not a stranger to the “U”, his father Álvaro Barco, played as a defender for Universitario and was a champion in 1990 and 1992. Barco spoke about his new opportunity “We are going to satisfy the demand that the fan is asking for this year which is number 27.” And Villamarin also spoke about his new club “It is an opportunity that I have been looking for for a long time and I do not want to miss it for anything. It is a big challenge and I will face it with responsibility.” Ferrari spoke highly on the two new players “We trust Joao’s ability and goals throughout his career and the very clear projection of Alfonso.”
International signings: The team has 1 international slot open which Perez announced that it will be filled with the newly announced signing of Angel Cayetano. Cayetano will arrived in Lima this Friday. Perez spoke on the acquisition “He is the chosen one, we understood that we need to strengthen the defensive zone and midfield as well, so we looked for a player who would give us the chance to play as a defender and midfielder.” The club can also have one more extra international spot open depending on how soon the Alberto ‘Chiquitin’ Quintero nationalization process will be completed. Ferrari spoke about the “Chiquitin’ nationalization process “We continie with the nationalization process of Alberto Quintero, but there is no exact day. Hopefully it will be before the end of the year.”
Youth department: Ferrari announced that Manuel Barreto will be the new Head of Technical Unit for “U” Youth. It is also announced that ‘Coco’ Araujo will continue being the “U” reserves manager. Perez also brought up the youth team and the senior team “The squad is already formed. Now we have to analyze the management of the reserves to make the 5 youth call-ups.”
Battle vs corruption: Ferrari spoke on the battle against corrupt Gremco “It is incredible that we have to invest in defending ourselves against people who claim to be from the U and have worked for the good of the club, if we have to, we will continue to do so. We are paying debts and seeking sanitation of the club.”….”It is useless to have great squad if we do not have an institucional defense. We are fighting with information leakage. We are going to take legal and criminal action.”
Sponsors: Ferrari indicates that a very big sponsor is coming for the club in a 5-year contract.