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Chile's Orellana set to leave Celta after spat with coach

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 09:26 IST
Eduardo Berizzo, head coach of Chile
Eduardo Berizzo, head coach of Chile's O'Higgins Rancagua, speaks to an assistant before their Copa Libertadores soccer match against Argentina's Lanus in Buenos Aires February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

By Richard Martin

(Reuters) - Celta Vigo's Chile winger Fabian Orellana said on Tuesday he was being forced out of the La Liga club after coach Eduardo Berizzo declared he would never play for them again under his watch.

Berizzo earlier told a news conference Orellana had "showed an unacceptable lack of respect" towards him, although neither coach nor player has revealed what the disagreement was over.

"I would like to stay at Celta but they have closed the doors to me," Orellana was quoted as saying on Chilean newspaper El Mercurio's website ( on Tuesday.

"If I have to leave it'll be in a way I never wanted to, and many people don't want me to leave like this. But as the club and coach want it to be like this I have to pack my bags."

Orellana, who has been left out of the squad for Wednesday's King's Cup quarter-final, first leg at Real Madrid. has been with the club since 2011, when they were in the second division, although he spent the 2012/13 campaign on loan at Granada.

He was one of Berizzo's most selected players in the previous two seasons, starting 34 and 33 league games respectively, but has only made six starts this term, although he has missed two months of action owing to injuries.

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported that Orellana reacted angrily to being left out of the squad for Celta's King's Cup last 16 game with Valencia on Jan. 12, which reignited his uneasy relationship with the coach.

Newspaper AS, meanwhile, said Orellana's problems date back to last summer, when Celta refused to listen to offers from clubs hoping to sign the Chilean, one of which was Valencia.


"I've decided to remove Orellana from the squad. The decision is based on an unacceptable lack of respect," Berizzo added on Tuesday before the Real Madrid match.

"There are remedies and measures against indiscipline but there are no measures you can take against a lack of respect."

Celta's sporting director Felipe Minambres later confirmed the club were hoping to sell Orellana, who was part of the Chile squad which won the Copa America Centenario last year.

Minambres told reporters: "We're going to do what's best for the club. When someone doesn't show respect you have to take decisions. We think the coach's decision is the correct one."

(Reporting by Richard Martin in Barcelona; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Published 18 Jan 2017, 01:04 IST
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