The time has arrived to see Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa leave his club, Ajaccio, and look for a team with which he can compete at the highest level.
His agent has confirmed that Ochoa will not be renewing his contract, after three years and a half in the Corsican squad, and that he will be most likely moving to a higher-end club in France.
The Mexican goalie and his family have totally acclimated to the French style of living and even though he has had offers from Spanish and Italian clubs, Ochoa seems to be determined to remain in Ligue 1, where he has already made a name for himself and where he is considered one of the biggest goalkeeping stars in the league, according to his agent Jorge Berlanga.
French giants after Memo Ochoa
So much so that Berlanga has already hinted about some of the best teams in the country — PSG, Monaco, Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon — having knocked on his door to sign Memo Ochoa as soon as the recently closed winter market.
However, a few reasons made the Mexican goalie want to stay at Ajaccio until next june.
On the one hand, Memo Ochoa is more than at home in Ajaccio. He will not lose his spot from now until the World Cup, and after his chances of starting in the World Cup have actually gone up since Herrera visited him in his European tour last week.
The National Team Manager confirmed he saw Ochoa very focused and ready to help el Tri, and after speaking to Carlos Vela in Madrid with a completely different output, the conversation with the goalkeeper was a breath of fresh air.
On the other hand, and perhaps the most important aspect of this situation is the fact that Ochoa actually finishes his contract in June with the French club.
That means that at 28, the Mexican will be free to sign with any club he pleases, and of course his salary will reflect the fact that there was no need to have a transfer fee paid.
Berlanga actually told the Mexican press this was one of the key issues for Memo Ochoa when thinking of leaving Ajaccio. Not so much the financial aspect, because he is sure to get a decent salary anywhere he goes, but because at his age, this will be the biggest contract of his career and that needs to be taken into account.
Had Ochoa left in the past winter market, he may have found a good club for the next 6 months, however, both him and his agent are looking to make “the” move, and find a club where the former America goalkeeper can spend the next 10 years of his career.
Given the situation, timing could be perfect for Memo Ochoa. He could help Ajaccio remain in Ligue 1, then be the starter for Mexico in the World Cup, and right after the summer break, land in a more competitive team as their star goalkeeper.