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December 12, 2012
Report: Leon still in talks with Marquez

Leon still is interested in Rafa Marquez.
Leon still is interested in Rafa Marquez.
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Leon has extended its negotiation deadline for Red Bulls defender-midfielder Rafa Marquez for a few days, according to club president Jesus Martinez.

The Mexican club had hoped to sign Marquez by Tuesday, although there are still things to be hammered out, he told the Mexican newspaper The Record on Wednesday.

"The issue of Rafa Marquez is a very important option for Leon," he was quoted by The Record. "But nothing concrete so far. For various reasons I can not tell you how negotiations stand because I will not harm anything that can happen, but it is a very important for the team. Surely there is a major approach to the services of Rafa Marquez, for what he means to the Mexican soccer and so can come bring Leon."

Martinez said he was hoped that the deal could be finalized this week.

He also said that the negotiations could be finalized this week, whether for good or ill.

"Anything can happen, so do not want to talk much about it not to harm, but we are in talks and hopefully materialize, hopefully reach an agreement," he told The Record.

Martinez felt Martinez still had some gas in this tank.

"Definitely experience, a lot of football," he was quoted by the newspaper. "I am convinced that he still has several years to show what he has done in Barcelona, with the selection, now with New York, a lot of experience, a lot of learning for all and we are very confident to come and bring learned this for years, and a Copa Libertadores, a tournament league, he can give much in every way."

Marquez is one of the highest paid players in the league, earning $4.6 million this past season.

However, his critics claims he rarely earned that money.

Marquez, who joined the Red Bulls from Barcelona in August, 2010, played sporadically for the Red Bulls last season, seeing time in 15 games, due to injuries and suspensions.

He finished the 2011 and 2012 seasons incurring red cards in his final playoff game, a first in the 17-year history of the MLS.
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