Reports surfaced this morning via Raza Deportiva (a spanish language ESPN radio broadcast) that Wilman Conde was leaving Puebla’s training camp and was not signing a contract with the team. Last week Puebla FC announced on their web site that Conde had signed on with the team as a new reinforcement for 2011. The site even featured pictures and a video interview with Conde – all apparently before a contract was officially signed.
Puebla’s coach, Jose Luis Trejo confirmed through Raza Deportiva that Conde had indeed left and cited family reasons as the driving force for his departure (see the link in the comments section below). According to the station, Conde’s family was concerned with their safety and security in Mexico after living in the US for several years. Recent reports of violence and crime in Mexico may have played a part in their concerns. Conde’s agent reportedly also became upset when negotiations with Puebla’s administration did not go as planned and began looking for another club.
In an even odder twist to the story Raza Deportiva tweeted that Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, Puebla’s former manager, somehow convinced Conde not to sign with Puebla. Sanchez Sola is currently the manager at Estudiantes.
Sam Stejskal spoke to Conde’s agent Orlando Gutierrez this afternoon and he would not comment on Conde’s departure from Puebla other than to say “there was too much going on” at the moment to comment. Gutierrez hoped to have the situation resolved by Thursday.
Conde’s options in the US are limited to the Fire at the moment. If he were to return to MLS, the Fire currently still hold his rights and any move to another team would necessitate a trade.