Girona is poised to retain one of their most entertaining forwards, Brazilian sensation Savio Moreira, beyond the end of the season, as Ferran Soriano, the CEO of the City Group, has announced his intention to extend Moreira’s stay in Catalonia.
The City Group holds a significant stake in the Blanquivermells, and despite past seasons with less notable success, the recent impressive form of Girona has garnered attention.
“It is a source of pride, not only in Manchester but for the entire [City] group that makes up more than 4,000 people. No one misses Girona’s matches, not in Yokohama, nor in Montevideo, not in New York…” Soriano told RAC1, via MD.
Meanwhile, Savio Moreira has emerged as one of the season’s revelations. The 19-year-old, on loan from Troyes, another club under the City Group umbrella, has notched five goals and provided four assists in 14 appearances. Although his compatriot Yan Couto has earned a spot in the Brazilian national team, Soriano emphasized that their primary investment was neither money nor players.
“There are two players on loan, Yan Couto and Savinho, but there is no direct help. What there is is mental and institutional support, we give them tranquility and stability.”
He went on to emphasize that Girona acquires players from other City Group teams at market prices. The promising news for La Liga enthusiasts is that Savio Moreira appears to be staying with the club.
“Savinho will stay in Girona until the end of the season and I think for more seasons. He was a player who was on loan at PSV and barely played, He won’t move from here.”
Ultimately, ownership of multiple clubs is likely to evoke a sense of rejection from others, and it remains unclear how UEFA will address it as it becomes more prevalent. While Girona has not excessively benefited from its City connections, nor has City benefited significantly from its links to Girona, if they ascend in the football hierarchy, it could lead to more transactions between the two – a scenario that might attract more criticism.