Chivas released a press statement Tuesday indicating that Mexico international Omar Bravo would be rejoining his first club, but all was not as it seemed.
“We wish Omar Bravo success on his return home,” read the upbeat statement, adding that it was a definitive purchase.
Then the complications began.
City rival Atlas offered a swift retort at a hastily put together press conference in Cancun – where all the Liga MX bigwigs are cooped up for today’s draft – claiming 33-year-old Bravo still has a six-month loan deal to complete with the Rojinegros and that they are expecting him back at preseason training.
“Bravo wants to stay for these six months and will defend the Atlas shirt until death,” said incoming Atlas coach Omar Asad. “The only thing I know is that the player will return to train with us.”
Asad added that it showed a “lack of respect” from Chivas towards Atlas.
The Rojiblancos had negotiated directly with Cruz Azul - from which Bravo was loaned to Atlas - and even threw midfielder Xavier Baez into the deal, but the club was apparently unaware of the contract with Atlas.
Though there is still the possibility that a deal can be struck between financially strapped Atlas and Chivas, there is also a chance Bravo could be forced to spend the next six months at Atlas before crossing to Chivas in December.
The former Sporting Kansas City player – only 14 goals from becoming Chivas’ highest ever goal-scorer – was greeted with death threats from Atlas fans when he joined the club and the fact he wore the Zorros shirt then alienated a section of Chivas’ fan-base.