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The coach of the Montreal Impact, Rémi Garde, is back on his between-season, then he gave a long exclusive interview to the TVA network Sports in the margin of the draft of the MLS in Chicago on Friday.
In it, he recounts that he had to head to Montreal even during his Christmas vacation in France.
He has had “meetings and contacts very regular, with Vasily Cremanzidis, which has taken the place of Adam Braz, or Nick De Santis, who has been much involved”.
“We have tried to carry out a number of issues, he said. We have already done virtually everything we wanted to and could do during the offseason.”
Slim margin of manoeuvre
Despite the departure of several players, which has freed up space under the salary cap, the financial framework of the team remains tight.
“We have a number of commitments, which limits the possibilities to move things. We have tried to do for the best.
“The money from the transfer of Alejandro Silva has already been partly used due to the acquisition of players including Maximiliano Urrutim, who will play the position of centre-forward. He comes to Montreal to be the number 9. It represents an important acquisition for us. This is the type of player who has missed the team last season. He knows the league and he is a goal scorer regular.
“The money obtained was used for the acquisition of Harry Novillo. With the departure of Silva, he could play on the right side of the attack. This is only speculation, we’ll see what happens then in the course of the season.
“Finally, the money was used to keep some of the players who were in the end of the contract, including Evan Bush. I am very glad that his contract be extended for a further three years. Same thing for Daniel Lovitz.”
Monday, Impact has been able to formalize the transfer of Silva to the Club Olimpia for an amount in excess of $ 4 million, which is the biggest transfer in the history of the Blue-White-Black.