Gartside Confirms Rodrigo Talks

  • January 17, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has confirmed he has failed to agree a deal to bring Rodrigo Moreno back to the Reebok Stadium.

Shortly after completing a move from Real Madrid to Benfica, Rodrigo joined Wanderers on loan and made 21 appearances for the club last season.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle was keen to secure a permanent deal for the Spain under-21 international in the summer but a move failed to come to fruition.

Rodrigo has been in fine form for Benfica this season and Gartside has revealed he has tried to bring the player back to England, only to see his attempts rebuffed by the Portuguese club.

"I have tried everything to push through a deal for Rodrigo but the president of Benfica says he is not for sale at any price," Gartside told O Jogo.

"President (Luis Filipe) Vieira says it not a question of money and that his decision is based on sporting factors.

"Benfica do not want to part with this player because they have high hopes for him.

"If Rodrigo had been with us this season, I am convinced that our situation would be different. Bolton need his goals but it is not possible.

"I am convinced that, in a few years' time, Rodrigo will be a global star."

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