December 20, 2012
WHY JUNINHO SIGNED
Report: Red Bulls proposal was the 'most favorable'
Apparently, the Red Bulls made Juninho Pernambucano an offer that was too good to refuse.
According to www.sambafoot.com and www.Lancent!.com, the former Vasco da Gama captain and midfielder said he had rejected a better offer from Atletico Mineiro to sign with the Major League Soccer club earlier this week.
"The proposal of the Red Bulls is far from being the most favorable," Juninho told Lancenet!," sambafoot.com reporter.
"The best would be Atletico. What they offered me was really tempting, besides the possibility of achievements, with a great team. Cuca, Kalil and myself talked but for all that I have with Vasco, it would be difficult to leave for another club in Brazil.
"I was grateful for their trust. Kalil said even that would not have any problem, but I said that if I did not stay in Vasco, I was going to the U.S."
Juninho, who will turn 38 on Jan. 30, said he decided to leave Vasco because the Brazilian's financial situation at the Brazilan team.
"If the club was organized, my contract would have been renewed for a long time. Would not have to listen to other proposals," Juninho said.
"But I do not want to risk staining everything I've done for Vasco. There is much wrong. The environment in everyday life is hard, it's dirty, and I can not be a shield for it all. I have only to play football, this is how I might help."
Juninho is known for his free-kick taking ability and his prowess on other deadball situations.
At 37, he is one of the oldest players signed by the Red Bulls in their 18-year-history.
He will be added to the teamís roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Juninho is a former Brazilian international who was a member of the 2006 World Cup team.