Avilés Hurtado de Rayados de Monterrey from Mexico celebrates a goal against Sporting Kansas City from the United States, at the BBVA stadium in the city of Monterrey (Mexico). EFE / Miguel Sierra / Archive
Monterrey (Mexico), Jan 13 (EFE) .- Colombian forward Avilés Hurtado said on Wednesday that signing for the Rayados del Monterrey and not the Águilas del América was “the best decision” he could have made.
“Signing for Rayados and not for América was the best decision I could make. I am grateful for the opportunity the club gave me, I have to give them back that trust,” he said at a press conference.
Hurtado, born 33 years ago in Timbiquío, came to Monterrey in the 2017 Apertura tournament from the Tijuana Xolos, a team in which he stood out for his goals. At that time, in addition to the Rayados, America tried to sign him.
Since then, he has been proclaimed top scorer once, he was champion of a Concacaf Champions League and two cups.
The former player of Pachuca and the Jaguares de Chiuapas, praised the club’s sports project and the leadership at that time of the Argentine coach Antonio ‘el Turco’ Mohamed, who has yielded his place this season to the Mexican Javier Aguirre.
“Rayados’s project convinced me, the main factor was that ‘el Turco’ was here as a coach. I’m happy to be here to make history,” said the former América de Cali and Atlético Nacional player.
Monterrey will host América this Saturday, the team they defeated in the final of the 2019 Apertura tournament and earned their fifth league title.
The match with América will take place on the second day of the Clausura tournament, in which the Rayados debuted with a 0-2 away victory over Atlas.
“America is a complicated opponent and we will take it that way. We are aware that we must improve. Last game we did not do as we wanted, but the important thing was to start winning and gain confidence,” Hurtado added.
The Colombian expressed that he does not take the Clausura as a rematch of the Apertura 2020, in which due to injuries he played only 7 games in which he scored two goals.
Hurtado has returned to the courts after a long stop due to the rupture of the Achilles tendon in his left leg.
“The previous tournament was difficult due to injuries, I had a lot of time without activity. That played against me and I could not contribute much to the team. Today is a new day, you have to prepare in the best way, I work on that,” he said.
With ‘el Vasco’ Aguirre on the bench, now the challenge for Colombian Hurtado is to show him that he can contribute to the team.
“‘El Vasco’ will decide whether or not I am among those chosen,” he concluded.
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