The arrival of Rodrigo Villagra to River was one of the most important transfers in the transfer market. The Millionaire paid eight million dollars for the midfielder and it was among the most expensive purchases in the history of Argentine soccer. However, the player's manner and pressure to leave did not go down well in Talleres and Andrés Fassi, president of the club, destroyed him in a radio interview.
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“Let's not forget that all these characters that appeared now were not there two years ago when Villagra was lying in Rosario on the substitute bench, without playing a single game and earning a peso with fifty,” he stated in a conversation with Viejo y Glorioso Talleres.
Villagra's football explosion came when he moved to Talleres where he took center stage and aroused the interest of many clubs. Faced with this situation, the president of the Córdoba team was very angry at the pressure that the player exerted to force his departure and did not hold anything back.
In the midst of the negotiations, many rumors arose and one of them indicated that the footballer stood up to Fassi and there was talk of an alleged fight if the move to River was not finalized. This generated an anger from the president of Talleres, who told how Villagra arrived at the club: “I went, I looked for him and the people from Central chanted that Villagra was leaving. We brought him in, we gave him confidence, we helped him and perfected him. I got into trouble with Cacique Medina because he was selling to (Federico) Navarro and I told him that Villagra was going to be one of the best contentions in the country. And he was.”
Finally, Fassi gave him some very tough advice in the form of a stick for the midfielder: “You have to have a little gratitude in life and not forget about all the situations and only see this part, when the player is up here.”
The former president of Central crossed Andrés Fassi for his strong statements about Villagra
These words from Andrés Fassi generated a lot of commotion, not only in River or Rodrigo Villagra, but also in Rosario Central. So much so that the former president of Rosario, Ricardo Carloni, crossed it without hesitation.
“Villagra was never stranded in Rosario Central like Komar was in Talleres. It's strange about the President of the Córdoba Club. “He celebrates sales, but he does not celebrate titles, nor does he invest in inferiors and/or have his own stadium to play in the Professional League and he must rent the Mario Kempes,” he wrote on his Twitter account with a strong chicane.