Chori Dominguez Ready For Rayo Vallecano
Valencia had recently announced that they had reached an agreement with Alejandro ”Chori” Dominguez about terminating his contract. The Argentinian came from Rubin Kazan during the winter market window in the 2009/2010 season. Expectations were high after his very impressive play in Russia, but he never fulfilled those in Valencia. As his freespoken nature in the press and in the dressing room didn’t sit well with both fans and coach Emery, Valencia loaned him out last season to his former club River Plate.
In Emery’s book “Winning mentality” the former Valencia coach admitted that “Chori” even refused to train once, and was excluded from the player group for a week. His problems continued in River Plate, where he had arguments both with coach Almeyda and with club president Passarella. After helping the Argentinean giant gain promotion, he was not wanted for the next season neither in Valencia or in River. Before departing for Valencia for his meeting with fellow countryman Pellegrino, he confessed on Argentinean TV that he suffered from anxiety attacks during matches, and considered to retire from professional football.
But the Madrid side Rayo Vallecano wanted his services, and convinced him to sign for them for this season if he could work out a way to end his relationship with Valencia. Now he is ready for a new season in La Liga, wearing a shirt very similar to his native River Plate.
“Chori” Dominguez played 26 matches for Valencia, scoring just one goal ; the last in the thrashing of Bursaspor in the Champions League grup match in November 2010.
Thank you for your services, “Chori”, and good luck in Rayo!
Written by Hans Kristian Lange
Edited by Pål Ødegård