Primera División de México

Guadalajara claim loan deal for City's Castillo

November 11, 2008

Mexican giants Guadalajara are very close to signing Nery Castillo on loan to play in the Primera División de México and the Copa Sudamericana, according to club vice-president Nestor de la Torre.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward, currently on loan at Manchester City, has been training at the club this week because he has been unable to secure regular first-team football at City this season under manager Mark Hughes, who has told the player he does not feature in his plans at Eastlands.

Even though Castillo has already said playing at Guadalajara was not in his plans for the near future, De la Torre insisted the dream of having the striker for the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana and the Mexican Apertura play-offs is a realistic one.

"We have talked to Nery's agent (Juan Carlos Padilla) and we reached an agreement, so he will be the person to make negotiations easy to get the international documents soon," De la Torre told mediotiempo.

"The vice-president is very happy with this possibility. Nery can help us in both championships. He is a player who can play both championships."

De la Torre confirmed, if Castillo does sign for Guadalajara, the board will try to convince Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson not to include him in the squad to play the World Cup qualifier against Honduras on November 19, as Guadalajara are playing the second leg of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final against Internacional of Brazil the same day.

"We will talk about this problem, but we are aware of the possibilities," De la Torre added.

This is the third attempt Guadalajara have made to sign Castillo, who has made only four starts for City since joining them in January.