Diego Forlán has had a lot of explaining to do this past week, to both his club and country.
First there was an interview Forlán gave in English. He told Reuters that he hadn’t received any offers from other clubs this summer, but he would leave if any came in.
“If they send an offer you can decide if you want to go. If there is a good offer and if I have the chance to go, I will go. Like I always say, I came here to Europe, I left my home and I left everyone, so I’m not attached to a team.”
Forlán was quick to announce that his words were misinterpreted, but AS journalist Dani Hidalgo let us know on Twitter that these in fact were Forlán’s exact words from the interview.
Meanwhile in Uruguay the 31 year old forward hasn’t made himself popular either, after refusing to travel with the national team to Indonesia for a friendly.
Apparently Forlán’s brother was supposed to organise the trip, but when the Uruguayan FA decided not to use his services, Forlán decided not to travel with the national team, out of loyalty for his brother. Uruguay beat the home side 7-1.
Forlán decided to join the national team after all for their match against China, to be played later this week. Much to the dislike of Quique Sánchez Flores, who feels his forward could have used an extra day’s rest ahead of our clash against Getafe.
Forlán has had a very long season behind him and at 31 years of age might need some extra rest. Despite scoring three goals, Forlán hasn’t quite looked himself at the start of the current campaign.
To make matters worse yesterday Forlán had to stay in Germany for a night on his travel to China, after problems with his visa.
We can’t wait for Forlán to hit his second-half-of-the-season form to make us all forget about his current problems.