*What was it that led you to make the decision to join Boca Juniors.
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Bruno Valdez underwent a medical check-up and signed the contract that officially made him a new Boca Juniors player. “I want to thank the president (Ameal), Chicho (Serna), Raúl (Cascini), Román (Riquelme) and Chelo (Delgado) who welcomed me. Why did I decide? It was the desire to come to a club as big as Boca is. I talked about it with my father and my family. My wish was to be able to be here. Thank God I was able to do it. I am very grateful to everyone, very happy, this is a source of pride”, were the first words of the Paraguayan at the presentation conference that took place at La Bombonera.
Although he had a pre-contract signed with Cruzeiro, the former América de México defender explained that his desire was stronger. Also the words of his compatriot Óscar Romero. “I received the call from the institution, but the first person I spoke to was Óscar, who also helped me a lot to make this decision. He spoke to me very well about what everything is inside the club, because one from the outside knows it and knows the history and everything it generates. Óscar told me that they were going to welcome me with open arms, that there is a very good human group and that helped make the decision”.
*The important role of Óscar Romero and Tito Pompei, his former DT, in deciding on Boca Juniors.
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“I did speak with Ibarra, who welcomed me and I thank him and Tito (Pompei), whom I had in Sol de América as DT. He also helped me a lot to make this decision because he explained to me everything that Boca is from the inside, “he said.
While he clarified that from a physical point of view he is prepared to play, since he did the entire preseason with the Mexican team, he told what his qualities are: “I promise everything to the fan. Promise of work, delivery, discipline and respect. I really like to play physically and always score. Make me feel like a player, have the ball and go out playing. I really like to score goals. That’s my football and when it can’t be achieved, put in what needs to be put in to keep the results”.
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The Colombian, one of the members of the Football Council of the Xeneize cast, referred to the pre-contract signed by the goalkeeper with Flamengo from Brazil
“I am very happy, proud to be able to wear this shield. I know the history of the club, I have in my head wanting to play now. Being able to enter La Bombonera with all the people and give them the joy they deserve. I am very proud”, Bruno Valdez assessed.
When talking about how he imagines celebrating his first goal at Xeneize, he made a special request to Riquelme. “I don’t know how I will celebrate it, but I really like the celebration of Topo Gigio. I think I have to talk to the original first (by Riquelme) to see if he will let me. I like to celebrate like this because I like to hear the goal, you have to talk to Ten, ”he joked.
*The special request to Riquelme when celebrating his goals.
Regarding his preferences when it comes to playing defense, taking into account that in addition to being a defender, he has played as a right back, he explained: “In the (Paraguayan) team I always played on the back (on the right) when they wanted help, but in the clubs I was always central. I like to play there more, but if they tell me they need help for the DT and the team, I do it without any problems”.
The 30-year-old defender entered a Buenos Aires clinic early with the Colombian Mauricio Chicho Serna, one of the members of the Football Council, and after a little more than three hours he left without making a statement. Valdez, last passing through América de México, then went to La Bombonera where he signed a three-year contract with Xeneize to become the first reinforcement of the squad led by Hugo Ibarra.
*The pride of being able to wear the colors of Boca Juniors.
The first new face will only be able to meet the coaching staff and his new teammates next week when they return to the country after playing the International Super Cup final against Racing Club in the United Arab Emirates.
The Paraguayan, a member of the team led by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, had an advanced negotiation with Cruzeiro from Brazil, but finally decided on the offer of the Argentine club.
The Paraguayan defender from América de México is the first reinforcement of Xeneize
According to the Paraguayan press, the call of Vice President Juan Román Riquelme to Valdez was key to the change of plans. Although the defender had a contract with América until the middle of the year, but there was no progress for the renewal and he terminated by mutual agreement, since the club needed to free up a foreign quota.
The Paraguayan who emerged from Sol de América came to Mexican soccer in 2016 after a great stint at Cerro Porteño. The defender, who can play both positions in the central defense and even as a right back, has made 240 appearances as a professional and another 32 as an international for Paraguay.
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The particular welcome from Jorge Amor Ameal:
“Today I was telling Bruno that every time we have a Paraguayan we are filled with emotion and affection. At some point in history, our country was the protagonist of an unjust war, which was that of the Triple Alliance, and I apologized for the past. We hereby want to help you and thank you very much. I know that you abandoned a very important contract to come and play in Boca, that is very important so that everyone knows that it was Brazilian football. That he feels at home, he has plenty of conditions as a player. Let’s hope that in the short term it begins to give us the satisfaction that we all want”.
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