Roberto Rosales will not continue in a Leganés that looks for sides

The club initially considered the option of offering him continuity, but after the first planning meetings it was ruled out. The player already knows.


Roberto Rosales, a 32-year-old right-back, will not continue at Leganés next season. The Venezuelan international defender ended his contract on June 30 after two seasons in Butarque. To the south of the capital, they did not initially rule out the possibility that it would continue, that is, to discuss the option of a contract extension. But after the first analysis between the coaching staff and the club, they opted for the option of not having their services and opting for other alternatives to reinforce the right-handed side of the rear.

Rosales already knows that it will not continue. The player's environment confirms that Leganés recently informed him of the decision. Although predictable (its performance has not been as expected), the decision had to be made. That it does not continue is relevant in terms of squad planning because it confirms that the right-back is one of the priorities for the pepineros, that after the departure of Rosales, the end of the loan of Palencia (the club will try to return) and the end of Bustinza's contract (his renewal is being negotiated), they have no players to occupy that right-handed side of the rear.

“It is a position in which we have had Bustinza and Palencia. They are two vacant slots. We are aware of them and the market, yes ”, Txema Indias, sports director of the Blue and Whites, commented on this matter in AS this week. Indias unconsciously did not mention Rosales between the right backs. Perhaps because their participation this season has been more testimonial than regular.

Rosales, from plus to minus

Rosales signed for Leganés in the summer of 2019. He did so after a great season with Espanyol, in which he played on loan from Málaga. With the parrots he certified the pass to the Europa League. As a result of the good relations Rosaleda-Butarque, it arrived in Madrid for 1.2 million euros. His arrival solved a problem similar to the current one. Then the Lega did not have right backs after the departure of Juanfran and Nyom. Rosales and Marc Navarro were chosen. It so happens that neither of them ended up convincing.

Rosales started as the starter, but gradually faded. Injuries and sometimes calls with Venezuela (especially this season) little by little weighed down his weight in a team in which his performance pattern was repeated: good at the beginning, scarce at the end.

In the Second Division, Martí began to give him the right side, but the high competition (Palencia, Bustinza) and the lack of physical consistency of the Venezuelan international were on the edge of the line-ups until, with Garitano, the Caracas player became a player without hardly any weight in the alignments or in the spare parts. Even on occasions, Bergara preferred profiles such as Tarín (more central than lateral) for the position instead of Rosales himself.

The footballer will leave Madrid after having played 48 official duels in two seasons. In the first campaign, it accumulated 2,074 minutes between the League and the Cup. The following, however, it fell to 908 minutes between the League and the Cup.

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