GUADALAJARA, Mexico – DaMarcus Beasley is back in Puebla for preseason training and has revealed that he had the chance to leave the club, but feels at home in the colonial city in central Mexico.
“I’ll try to give more than last season and even though I had a couple of offers, they didn’t interest me,” Beasley told local reporters in Puebla on Monday. “I feel comfortable, secure and happy with everything around me; like my teammates, the city and Puebla’s fans.”
Beasley has one year left on his contract with La Franja, according to various reports in the Mexico press, but rumors were rife over the summer that he and Spaniard Luis García would be leaving the club. Garcia has left for Pumas UNAM, with Puebla sporting director Hugo Fernández explaining that the former Liverpool player had a clause in his contract that allowed him to force a move, something Beasley doesn’t have.
Beasley impressed in his first full season at Puebla, resurrecting his career after a barren stint at German side Hannover 96.
One American down south who could be on the move in Wednesday’s draft is Texan Sonny Guadarrama, who has been added to Atlante’s transfer list.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.