Fredy Guarin: Porto fans' affection convinced me to stay

The international midfielder was a target for several clubs over the summer, but he has told that supporters in Portugal were crucial in keeping him at the club
By John E Rojas

Fredy Guarin is content to remain at Porto for the upcoming season despite attracting interest over the summer from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The 25-year-old admitted that a transfer which "benefited" both himself and his club never materialised during the transfer window and that he is happy to continue with the Dragons thanks to the "love" of the Europa League holders' fans.

Speaking exclusively to, Fredy affirmed that he would not be leaving Portugal and restated his intention to continue starring for the club in 2011-12.

"My final decision is that Porto are a club who have given me a great opportunity; it has taken me three years to cement myself in the first-team and I hope to build on what I have won and enjoy the love of the people I have won over. That is why I will stay in Porto," he explained from New Jersey, where he is training with the rest of his Colombia national team colleagues.

"One always looks for a transfer that will benefit all involved if it happens, the player and everyone else. That did not happen [in the summer]."

Guarin also talked about the resignation of Colombia coach Hernan Dario Gomez after he was accused of hitting a woman in a late-night fracas; and supported the work of interim trainer Leonel Alvarez ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

"Logically, [Alvarez] is who we have right now and who we will go to battle with. The most important thing is to be aware that we have a great opportunity to show the world what Colombia, and to show the love we feel for the shirt," the player explained.

"Afterwards it is already the qualifiers and we have great expectations to do things right."

Colombia take on Honduras this Friday evening, in a game scheduled to kick off at 0100 BST.