Tigres UANL president Alejandro Rodriguez hopes that Mexican striker Alan Pulido reaches out to them in the upcoming days so that they can negotiate their contract situation. Pulido who has been in a heated contract dispute with Tigres has refused to play with the club.
“What we are looking for is for him to return and play, this is where he should be, playing with the club that was part of his formation, that projected him, and likes him. We are confused by Alan’s situation, everything was set for him to triumph here,” claimed Rodriguez.
“Many players have left for Europe and, like Raul Jimenez, Alan was at the forefront to do the same. It is at Tigres where can achieve that, we an help him, project him, he needs to understand this, to return and have a sit down so we can fix this but if he doesn’t return then what am I to do.”
Pulido and the Tigres directives are set to meet with the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) on the 26th of August to resolve the contract dispute. Pulido assures that he is a free agent while Tigres maintains that they have the player tied until the 2016 season.
While Tigres are willing to resolve the issue before the FMF meeting Pulido’s lawyer, Jaime Castillo, is confident that the player can win his case. “I believe that our chances of obtaining a favorable result is good,” said Castillo.
“In case that we are not satisfied with the FMF’s decision we will consider the alternative of appealing the decision to TAS. Alan should be free to play in any club he chooses to do so as soon as the dispute is resolved. There is the possibility that Tigres will not be willing to release the players international transfer certificate in case a foreign club registers him but FIFA in these cases grant a provisional certificate until the dispute is resolved,” concluded Castillo.
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