The National by Pablo Repetto will not have Gonzalo Bergessio, Diego Polenta, Facundo Píriz and Rafael García, after the club announced this Saturday that their contracts will not be renewed.
The four names represent weight losses for the tricolor squad, since they are players with experience, renown and incidence in the group. In this way, the first big change that the group that Repetto will lead as Bag DT is marked..
“It was President José Fuentes himself who personally contacted each of them to communicate the decision. In all cases there were words of gratitude, a healthy exchange between the parties for dealing with technical decisions and definitions, and a special recognition to each one for being professionals who always showed adherence to the cause on and off the field of play . They all have a reserved place in the great history of Nacional“Said the club’s statement, published on its website.
Beyond the affection that these names arouse in the fans of Nacional, the team lost their top scorer in the last four seasons in Bergessio. The Argentine, who was also the captain of the team, scored 91 goals with the tricolor jersey, which placed him as the top scorer for Nacional in the 21st century, and the institution’s tenth historic scorer. He was two-time Uruguayan champion, and he also won the Intermediate Tournament and the Uruguayan Super Cup on two occasions.
Polenta had returned to the club to play the last Clausura Tournament, where he played 14 games and added 1,236 minutes, only missing the last date against River Plate. Píriz, who had also had another stage at the club having left the training divisions, arrived at Nacional at the beginning of the last season and played 17 games, totaling 1,120 minutes. García, for his part, had a new return to the club of his loves for the 2020 Uruguayan Clausura Tournament, and ended up lifting the maximum local trophy that season. During the 2021 cycle, the midfielder played only 166 minutes in seven games, as he suffered several injuries that made him miss several games.