Movsisyan staying; Lagerwey says signings are on the way anyway

As we reported a little earlier, Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey confirmed this morning that striker Yura Movsisyan will remain with RSL through the end of the 2009 season.
Movsisyan’s future club, Randers FC of Denmark, had been in discussions with MLS to buy Movsisyan’s rights before his contract with the league expires at the end of the calendar year. But negotiations fell apart on Thursday and Lagerwey announced a day later that the 21-year-old striker will remain an RSL player until his current contract is up.
According to Lagerwey, Randers made a low offer for Movsisyan’s services and wasn’t willing to offer a penny more, even after MLS counter-offered with what Lagerwey described as a very reasonable offer.
Lagerwey had a number of interesting things to say about Movsisyan and about signing one or two attacking players when the transfer window opens on July 15th. Here are Lagerway’s comments from today’s press briefing:
(I’ll post Movsisyan’s comments later in the afternoon.)

RSL GM Garth Lagerwey

ON YURA’S FUTURE THIS SEASON:
“Yura is staying. He’s gonna be with us until January 1st.”

ON THE RELIEF OF MOYSISYAN STAYING:
“We are gonna add players anyway, but we are, of course, excited to keep Yura. His recent run of good form has contributed to our mini streak, as I would call it, and I think that’s gonna contribute to helping us make the playoffs this year.”

ON HOW MANY PLAYERS RSL WILL BRING IN:
“1-2 — window opens the 15th, as you guys know, so we’ll likely have the announcement of at least one player by then.”

ON NEGOATIONS WITH RANDERS:
“Negotiations fell apart yesterday. Randers had actually made an offer before Yura went over. It’s pretty standard practice where they make the low-ball offer, (and) the guy flies over. If he signs, they make sure they take a nice picture with the team jersey and then they try to get you to make an emotional decision to bully into taking their pittance of an offer. We didn’t do that, and they didn’t come off their offer, so we’ve moved on.”

ON HIS REACTION TO SEEING A PHOTO OF MOYSISYAN HOLDING A RANDER’S JERSEY:
“Look, I’m human, right? You don’t wanna see your guy in another jersey, but at the same time, you understand what’s going on. You just gotta be a lawyer, you gotta be rational, logical and look at all the facts and make the decision based on what’s on the table. What they were offering wasn’t close to being able to replace Yura over the next six months. I’m not gonna make our team worse because someone tries to p— me off.”

ON MOVSISYAN BEING UP FRONT WITH RSL:
“We had a great offer on the table to Yura, and he said he was flying over. They were up front with us about that the whole time, and it’s a yes-maybe-who knows? And they called back two days into the visit and said, “Things look likely.” And then they signed the next day. And so we said, “Ok, let’s work and see if we can make a deal that makes sense for everybody, and that part didn’t happen.
They never moved, not even a penny. We’re just not gonna get bullied into taking something that’s below market.”

ON MOVSISYAN SIGNING THE CONTRACT NOW:
“This is a really key point here because there’s a lot of things going on here. FIFA makes the rules . . . It’s a French body. What do the French advocate? Socialism. It’s a socialist country . . . To a European mentality, this is completely normal. These are the guys that make the rules, and so we gotta understand that we’re operating under that system. Within the world of soccer, this is completely normal that somebody would sign a contract and do this . . . That’s the legal answer. The personal answer is that Yura’s a good kid. He’s done nothing but work hard for us. In my experience, people at least don’t change their personalities, and I don’t think Yura is gonna change his. I have every assurance that his good attitude and hard work is going to continue. You guys saw it today. He’s buzzing today. He’s gonna start against Club America, and I honestly think we’re gonna get the best out of him for the next six months.”

ON WHETHER MOVSISYAN LEFT FOR MORE MONEY:
“To be clear, I’m speculating here. I’m speculating that he signed for less money. I can tell you that we made a substantial offer. We had substantial money to offer up front, as well. The timing and the money was right. The amount of money was right. I don’t know how much he signed for, and that’s the honest truth, but I would be surprised if they were able to outbid us just because of the economies. Randers is not a huge club over there. You look at Norway, Sweden, Denmark. We’ve seen a lot of MLS players go (there). The salaries are actually pretty close, salaries and team budgets and things like that. Unless they just invested all of their hopes and dreams into this one player, it’s unlikely that he was offered more money than we offered. In that case, the kid did what he wanted to do, and then you gotta say, “OK, this is how the world works.” If somebody wants to go to Europe — they feel they have a bigger platform there, and they think by playing for a club in Denmark that they’re more likely to be seen — I may agree or disagree, but it’s not relevant, it’s what he thinks.”

ON WHERE RSL IS AT WITH BRINGING IN NEW SIGNINGS:
“We’re gonna bring in at least one attacking player. I suspect we’ll bring in two. We have an offer out now. We could make another offer as soon as today, but as you guys all know those are offers and lots of things can happen.”

ON WHETHER THE PLAYER WILL BE INTERTATIONAL:
“Yeah, I think we will likely add at least one international player.”

ON WHETHER HE HAD ANY HINTS ABOUT WHO WILL COME IN:
“I think we will add an attacking International player.”

ON WHAT LANGUAGE POTENTIAL SIGNINGS SPEAK:
“That’s actually a good question because I tell you, an English speaker’s gonna have an easier transition if you think you’re trying to fit someone in for 14 more games in your season. That is one of the factors we’re looking at to see if someone can fit into the team pretty quickly. That’s a real benefit to us.”

ON WHETHER THE SIGNINGS ARE SHORT-TERM OR LONG-TERM:
“Both. Anybody we sign will be with the idea that they’re gonna work out long-term. Do we need an attacking player right now? We do. Switching formations from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3, do we need another wide player? I would say that we do. Every summer we’re gonna go through this. That’s the other thing, too, we’re used to an American sports season where you roll through 4-5 months . . . where you’re basicaly riding the boat . . . In the middle of our season, you’re gonna see 1-2 guys come and 1-2 guys go. It’s just the way it is.”

ON WHETHER HE KNOWS WHAT FORMER RSL TRIALIST RACHID EL KHALIFI IS UP TO:
“I don’t know.”

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