Pochettino wary of distraction Osvaldo’s transfer saga is causing at Espanyol

Espanyol Coach Mauricio Pochettino has again made public his dissatisfaction over the handling of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s protracted on-off transfer out of the club.

The Argentine forward has been linked through the summer to Atletico Madrid, with Roma having recently also entered negotiations for the 25-year-old who scored 13 and assisted four goals in 2010-11.

Following a recent appeal to his club to clarify their situation over the player, who has a release clause of €30m and has reportedly attracted bids of €20m, Pochettino has since told the media that there will be no excuses from the club next season should they eventually sell him and struggle, but that “the situation has not been consistent with good preparation for the team.”

The Coach has made clear his irritation at the unsettling nature reports over the forward’s future have had in recent weeks: “We have experienced a tremendous vortex, but it is in my contract to deal with such situations and to address them. However, it remains not the best way to start a new season. We need stability and this dynamic is taking that away from us.”

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