Rumors do not stop in Peruvian territory regarding a supposed change of scenery in the technical direction of the national team. For this reason, from the leadership they had to come out to show their faces and clarify everything.
The sports director of the national team, Juan Carlos Oblitas, categorically denied on Tuesday that he had had contacts with Cruz Azul coach, Juan Reynoso, to replace Argentine Ricardo Gareca as coach of Peru.
Oblitas expressed his annoyance on the RPP Noticias radio station for the statements made last week in the same media by Mexican journalist Carlos Córdova, who said that Reynoso himself had told him about a recent contact from the Peruvian Federation to take charge of the selection.
“It is irresponsible of the person who said that. I know Juan Reynoso very well and he is incapable of bringing up an issue of that nature with a journalist. I spoke to him and he was very uncomfortable“Oblitas said.
“Juan Reynoso is a correct type and he does not enter into that type of suspicion. There was never absolutely nothing about it. Juan preferred not to touch the subject and stayed there“he added.
The former player and former coach of Peru admitted that he would like Gareca to remain in command of the Blanquirroja four or five more years, but his future will be decided in the coming months, since both he and the Argentine finalize a contract this year, extendable to 2022 if the national team qualifies for the World Cup.
In his statements last week, Córdova assured that this contact between the Peruvian Federation and Reynoso had occurred months ago, when the team was in the last positions of the South American qualifying qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
On several occasions, Reynoso has publicly expressed his desire to lead the Peruvian team, although he also aspires to continue his coaching career in Europe.
The Peruvian coach, who still has a year and a half of contract with Cruz Azul, also has a good relationship with Gareca, with whom he was seen talking publicly a couple of years ago, when Reynoso visited one of the training sessions of the Peruvian national team prior to the 2019 Copa América.