Leon's president says he will not prevent the highly-regarded midfielder from making a move across the Atlantic.Leon president Jesus Martinez will not stand in the way of midfielder Carlos Pena’s dream of playing in Europe, as long as a good enough offer is made.
Martinez told ESPN’s Raza Deportiva on Thursday that it has already been difficult for the Liga MX champion to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but that he would only be sold to Europe.
“We’ve gone three tournaments rejecting interesting offers,” said Martinez. “I hope that (a future offer) will be one that fulfills Pena’s dream of going to Europe.”
The president added he would accept an offer that “benefits everyone.”
Pena may not be the only Leon player with the potential to move to Europe, admitted Martinez, and he expecting a difficult time in filling their spots in case of an exodus of talent.
As for current captain Rafa Marquez, Martinez is confident he can play for two more years and that when the 35-year-old’s contract ends in December he will sign an extension.
The Leon president also said the fact some of his players are involved in Liga MX, Copa Libertadores and for the national team is a cause for concern, but added there is little he can do about it.