Mallorca to loan Romeo
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hamburg's Bernardo Romeo is close to sealing a loan move to MallorcaHamburg striker Bernardo Romeo has revealed that he is close to completing a loan move to Liga outfit Mallorca.
The 27-year-old has been out of favour at the Bundesliga side since the summer arrivals of Emile Mpenza and German international Benjamin Lauth, and views the prospective move to Spain as a good opportunity to get some regular first team football.
"I don't want to talk in advance but the negotiations between both clubs are going on very well and I think that in a few days it will be announced that I will loaned to Mallorca," said the Argentine hit man.
"Anybody that understands something about football knows that it's normal that I want to play and in Hamburg it has been four months since I have been playing,"
Hamburg coach Thomas Doll had previously made it known that he would not stand in the way of Romeo leaving in the January transfer window, and, with Mallorca set to pay é¼400,000 for the loan, a deal looks imminent.
The Spanish side desperately need a new impetus up front after losing Samuel Eto'o in the summer and they have only scored 15 goals in 17 league games so far, a statistic that explains their placing of 19th in the Spanish top flight.
The potential move also has many practical benefits for Romeo, as he has found the language barrier difficult in Germany, and a move to Mallorca would see him link up with fellow Argentine, ex-Inter manager Hector Cuper.
"I feel good about playing for Mallorca. I spoke with Hector Cuper and he even motivated me more," said the unsettled striker.
"It will be a very positive experience for me and I will have the advantage that I will be in a country in which I will be able to speak the same language.
"In addition to that it will also be very important to have the chance to work with a very important coach like Cuper."