Rodolfo Pizarro joined his first Inter Miami training on Friday, training to the side while his representatives put the finishing touches on a deal to make him the face of the 2020 expansion side.
And while the Mexico national team star has yet to be officially added to the roster, Miami sporting director Paul McDonough told the Miami Herald why the team was so willing to pay top dollar for him.
"We think his flexibility to play any of the four spots up front, his work rate, his experience, his age [are important]," McDonough said. "The fact that he’s won championships in a very, very difficult league in Mexico and he’s played against top European teams in the World Club Championships. It’s just something that really made sense for us to win now.”
In addition to Miami coach Diego Alonso, Pizarro's previous coach at Monterrey, McDonough revealed he also had numerous conversations with Tata Martino, Pizarro's current national team coach and former Atlanta United manager, while pursuing the deal.
As for the other players already with Miami? They were a bit like the rest of us, reading the latest reports and eagerly hoping he would arrive.
"Our players were really excited about it, waiting, watching in the media," McDonough said. "They were kind of wondering when he was going to show up."
For more, read today's dispatch from Inter Miami training from the Miami Herald.