There was never any indication that Gago would be sold during the window and it obviously came as a shock to his agent, Marcello Lombilla. Speaking to radio station Onda Cero, he said: “Despite the fact he went from being ‘untransferable’ to suddenly ‘for sale’, he will always continue to work hard.”
The Spanish club were seemingly unhappy at Manchester City’s use of Argentine star Gago. Apparently Eastlands boss preferred to sign Kenyan star McDonald Mariga. However, after having agreed terms with the player’s club, Parma, he was refused a work permit. It was only then that City tried to sign Gago, by which time the deadlines for transfers was coming to a close.
Gago’s agent stressed that the Argentine star had been left far from happy. He said: “City used us, this has never happened to me before.” Regarding the transfer, he went on to add that “there wasn’t physically enough time to put something together.”
Real’s sporting director, Jorge Valdano, also put his views across on the saga. He told El Pais: “They (Manchester City) had nothing prepared, not even one document signed. They had not reached an agreement with the player and they would have had to have done everything in 40 minutes.”
Gago will now have to put the incident behind him and concentrate on getting his Real Madrid career back on track.
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