According to The Chronicle, Peru coach Ricard Gareca has revealed that he didn’t like the fee Rodrigo Vilca was sold to Newcastle for, and also said that he’d have preferred to see the youngster consolidate himself in the Peruvian first division.
The Chronicle quote Gareca as saying: ‘If I analyse how much the player was sold for, I don’t like it. I would expect a Peruvian player to cost much more.
‘We need to be able to strengthen our market. I want him to go to a club and not be treading water. I prefer a consolidation in the (Peruvian) first division.’
Vilca signed for the Magpies on deadline day for just £200,000 as The Chronicle state.
At just 21 years of age, he has already earned a call-up to the Peru national team where ex-Magpie Nolberto Solano works as a coach. The fact that Vilca has already made a move to arguably Europe’s biggest league speaks volumes as to how eye-catching his performances were for Deportivo Municipal.
He scored twice in ten appearances in the Peruvian Primera Division this season before jetting off for Tyneside.
Solano – who made exactly 300 appearances for the Magpies – described the deadline day arrival as ‘technically gifted’ and also said that Vilca looks like a player with prospects ahead of him.
The Chronicle quote him as saying: ‘He’s been in training with the national side and he’s very technically gifted. It is looking like a player with prospects with a project ahead of him.’
Newcastle’s announcement of the deal on their official site states that the attacking midfielder will initially join up with Chris Hogg’s Under-23 side, which is probably for the best as he gets to grips with English football.