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OFFICIAL: Carlos Sánchez loaned to Espanyol

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The Colombian international’s move is clearly to try and get some playing time ahead of the World Cup. We wish him luck.

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Fly away, you handsome devil.
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In a move that comes a surprise to nobody, Carlos Sánchez has left Fiorentina on loan and linked up with Espanyol, despite interest from Genoa. The veteran defensive midfielder is anxious to make his case to Colombia boss José Pékerman ahead of the World Cup and wants regular minutes, which he certainly hasn’t been getting in Florence; he’s managed just 541 minutes over 11 appearances this season.

With the recent addition of Bryan Dabo, la Roca saw the writing on the wall. Dabo is younger and faster (although he’s not much of a passer either) and seems a sure bet to back up Milan Badelj, leaving Sánchez out in the cold. He should step right into the first XI with Espanyol, though, which in turn should assure him of his continued presence in midfield for los Cafeteros in Russia; with 74 caps to his name, he knows exactly what his role is in the team and performs it precisely.

As a refresher, Sánchez arrived on loan from Aston Villa last year, and the Viola made his stay permanent this summer for €3 million. He’s made 52 appearances for the Viola since then, mostly in midfield but also as part of a back three under Paulo Sousa, and compiling 2 goals, an assist, and 10 yellow cards. We won’t miss his poor passing and occasionally lackadaisical play in the middle, but we will miss his power and tranquility in the holding role, as well as his Seu Jorge good looks and his marvelous hair. So buena suerte, Carlos, y gracias por todo. Nos vemos.