Cruz Azul figure Santiago Gimenez confirmed the rumors of his potential transfer to Eredivisie side Feyenoord.
The player has seen a phenomenal start to the 2022 Apertura, attracting international attention.
He continued to shine for the Liga MX team on Saturday, scoring both goals in the 2-2 draw with Puebla to distinguish himself as one of the league’s brightest young talents. Santi Gimenez has now managed six goals in five games this season, to lead Liga MX in tallies.
But his career in the Mexican league may soon come to a close after the player confirmed his impending move.
“I’ve been here since I was 10 years old, it’s the club I love, the truth is that it makes me very sad to have to leave , but that’s what dreams are like, that’s what risks are, although nothing is certain, for me it’s very exciting,” he said to TUDN after the game.
And when asked if it was his last game with Cruz Azul, the player teased a potential goodbye.
“Yes of course, there is a possibility. It could be the last, it could not. Nothing is certain yet. I have enormous respect for the club, but nothing is decided until the last day…The European dream is intact, but I will never stop defending this club until death, nothing is certain yet. At the moment I am here, and I will give it my all here,” he said.
Gimenez first debuted with Cruz Azul in 2017, and has since gone on to become a staple in their starting 11. Overall, he’s recorded 19 goals and 11 assists for the Liga MX side, lifting the 2021 League trophy and 2022 Campeon de Campeones Cup along the way.
His club success has propelled Gimenez to seven Mexican national team call ups, most recently featuring in El Tri’s 3-0 Concacaf Nations League victory over Suriname on June 11 and the 1-1 draw against Jamaica on June 14.
Gimenez remains in the running for a spot on Mexico’s 26-player World Cup roster, likely to be selected over Club America forward Henry Martin by head coach Gerardo Martino.