Deny now, play later.
That is the case as far as Andres Guardado’s perceived plans to move to Major League Soccer expansion side Los Angeles FC.
But he has been on the defensive to quash speculations.
The PSV Eindhoven and Mexico midfielder confirmed he is not on the brink of jumping to the United States league.
He admitted that for three years, he has been hearing talks about him playing in the MLS in the future.
First, he was said to be linking up with Atlanta United. And then this one, the latest at LA, where it was reported he already okayed a four-year deal.
But despite those hearsays that are keeping him in the news, the 30-year-old playmaker said he will stay focused in Mexico’s campaign in the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russia.
Should the talks persists, Guardado said his agents will arrange the contracts for him and not any other personality out to malign or destroy his reputation as a player.
So that’s when many thought he would eventually be playing in the US.
Good thing for the former Valencia player, he is not totally refuting those insinuations.
As he said many times over, he is used to rumours.
“There is [something], I’ve never denied it,’’ he said during a recent interview. “There are approaches; they’ve made approaches from a long time ago and there are always offers.’’
So when the time comes he finally decides to play somewhere, he will make it sure that at his age, or whether a project is appealing to him, would both be commensurate to the offer.
He still has a year left at PSV and in that stretch he wants to cross out the thought of leaving the club. No, not yet, because he is happy where he is right now.
His immediate focus?
That is to help Mexico make a good account of themselves in the Confederations Cup.
El Tri’s last two matches in the group stage will be against New Zealand and hosts Russia, and all Guardado wants is to be a key component in his team’s success every inch of the way.