Coach Marcelo Gallardo on Friday avoided commenting on whether he was contacted by Spanish Barcelona and assured that he intends to fulfill his contract with River Plate, which ends in December.
“I was wondering whether to do the conference or not because after what has been said and others I knew that I was going to have to answer a question that I don’t want to ask. Mainly because I am very focused on the game on Sunday and second because everyone already knows that my thinking and my decision is to fulfill the contract that I have “he said at a press conference with a view to Sunday’s Superclásico with Boca Juniors.
“In no way do I have reason to be distracted by other things that have to do with other people’s thoughts. I’m just focused on my own thing.. It never crossed my mind nor will it cross my mind beyond some rumors or what is said to abandon “, added.
When they asked if he had been contacted by Barcelona managers, the coach avoided answering clearly.
“If they contacted me or not, what is the point? The only thing I can tell you is that my focus is on Sunday’s game and on ending my contractual relationship accordingly until then, then we’ll see how we continue,” he said.
The 45-year-old Gallardo is the most successful 12-time coach in River Plate’s history and there are rumors that he could replace Ronald Koeman in the face of an eventual dismissal of the still Barcelona coach.