Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan travelled to Europe over last weekend signed a pre-contract to play with Randers FC of Denmark, beginning on January 1st, 2010.
The big question now is, will Movsisyan stay for the rest of the 2009 MLS season with RSL or will Major League Soccer strike a deal with Randers that would allow him to leave now?
Following a press conference inside Rio Tinto Stadium to announce that XanGo will continue as RSL’s jersey-front sponsor through the 2013 season, both Movsisyan and RSL coach Jason Kreis spoke with the media about Movsisyan’s future with the club.
Here is what Movsisyan had to say:
ON HIS DECISION TO SIGN WITH RANDERS
“I had to make a decision for myself and my family, and I think this is a good move for me, a good move for me to get a foot into the door in Europe. I think Denmark is a great option, and it’s one of the places I wanted to go. Randers is a team that I heard a lot of good things about, and I talked to the coach, and everything worked out really well.”
ON THE ALLURE OF RANDERS FC
“First of all, it’s in Europe. You’ve got a lot more eyes watching you, and for myself, it’s a better opportunity to get where I want to be in my career and to be able to say, “I can play in Europe. I’m a player and I can play in Europe.” Everybody wants to be in Europe. You can’t hide that, and it’s an opportunity for me to step in there and hopefully prove to myself that I can be a good player in Europe.”
ON WHETHER HE’D PREFER TO MOVE NOW OR IN JANUARY
“Obviously, when you join a team, you wanna join ’em from the beginning. In January, it’ll be mid-season over there, but at the same time, I have a loyalty to this club and to these guys on the field. To be honest with you, I don’t care about anybody outside of this club (and) what people think I did. I made a decision for myself to take the next step in my career. I have to be loyal to my teammates, whether it’s playing out my contract and going in January, (or) you know what, if MLS decides they wanna sell me now, then I’m happy, (too).”
ON HIS FAMILY SITUATION
“My wife, we’re expecting a baby in December or January. From a family standpoint, it would be easier to make the move now just because in January I’d have to leave my family behind for a month until the baby can travel with a passport.”
Here’s what Jason Kreis had to say:
ON MOVSISYAN’S FUTURE WITH RSL
“We know one thing for sure — he won’t be with us January 1st of next year. That’s the only thing we know right now. There’s some negotiating going on right now between MLS and his future club. From Real Salt Lake’s point of view, we won’t let him go (now) unless it makes sense for us. It has to be both beneficial to us and to him. Obviously there’s benefits out there for him in that he can get into that team right now in preseason and fight for his position, (and) he’s got family issues, as well. There’s certainly benefits for Yura Movsisyan to be over at Randers as quickly as possible. But we’re not gonna let it happen unless it benefits everyone involved, and that means us as well.”
ON WHETHER MLS HAS COUNTER-OFFERED RANDERS FC
“I think the league has counter-offered.”
ON WHETHER MOVSISYAN IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR EUROPE
“I’m somebody that’s always believed that Yura Movsisyan has the talent and the capabilities and potential to be a world star. I wouldn’t change that, so I’ve always felt there was a potential that we could lose Yura. I really would’ve hoped to have had him for longer, to be honest, for selfish reasons. Not only because of how I think he helps our team, but because I’d like to be involved with Yura Movsisyan’s career for a little bit longer. Having said that, I understand his decision, I respect his decision and I wish him the best of luck in January.”
ON POTENTIAL RSL SIGNINGS IF MOVSISYAN LEAVES NOW
“You gotta have players. You can’t just through a season with just one guy at each spot. That’s basically what we’d be down to. We’d be down to four forwards for three positions. That’s just not going to cut it. That doesn’t mean I’d take anything away from those four that we still have, but injuries happen, suspensions happen, as we’ve seen, and call-ups happen. But we’ll definitely have to be making some additions, just for sheer numbers.”