Here are some quotes from a Conference Call held by the New York Cosmos as Head Coach Giovanni Savarese responded to the rumors of Raul Gonzales Blanco joining the club:
First of all, I think any organization will become enriched if they have on their roster a player like Raul. I think he’s a great professional, very competitive. He brings a lot of quality to the teams that he’s played for and the numbers show how big of a player he is. He’s a very good professional and somebody who is going to push always organizations to become better. So I definitely think any organization would be keen on having a player like that. For every coach, I think it would be a great situation. Currently, the players that we have are the players who are on the roster. When the Raul situation advances or any situation might be done I think you guys will know. But for this moment we keep moving forward in that direction.
Does the club have any interest in potentially trying to bring him over?
Definitely it’s a possibility. Definitely, there’s been contact and it is a realistic possibility.
On clearing a roster spot for Raul
First of all I think it’s difficult to assume things before they happen. I think first we have to make sure that we look at the situation that we have in front and once that situation comes in then we will make some solutions at that point. But I’m very content with the team that we have. I’m very content with the players that we have. They’re doing a great job in practice. Our only focus is to make sure we are ready to start winning some games, and especially this weekend to be prepared as much as we can to play against Minnesota. We see this as being a final game for us.