Botafogo, however, denies the information. Asked on the “Fox Sports Rádio” program, the former president Carlos Augusto Montenegro ruled out the possibility of bringing the player, currently 29 years old.
– I can guarantee that if someone wants only Vasco. That name was never aired in the club. Also because our philosophy is to have two experienced goalkeepers, Honda in the middle, we wanted one more experienced player in the middle, the rest is all young. We want experience in the middle, a player who plays ball to pass to young people and have a fast team. It is our philosophy. When he brings Balotelli, he kills new players, like Pedro Raul. It is the sameness, bringing players of name and preventing the growth of young and potential athletes. I can guarantee that we never discussed that name – said Montenegro.
Source: Written by FogãoNET, Gazzeta Dello Sport and Fox Sports