Before the classic against Cruzeiro, Atlético finds itself “threatened” by a relevant situation behind the scenes: the interest of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in counting on Rodrigo Caetano, Galo’s football director. This Friday (2/2), a meeting held between members of the leadership of the Black and White Football Association (SAF) and the director ended without a definition – at least in a public way.
The parties involved do their best to maintain confidentiality regarding negotiations. Consulted by On Attackan important source at Atlético assures that the situation remains undefined and that the leadership has not received official communication from Rodrigo Caetano about the decision regarding his professional future.
“Nothing has been resolved. The matter continues to drag on,” she said in contact with the reporter. This Friday’s meeting also dealt with topics related to Galo’s football planning for 2024.
Behind the scenes, Galo guarantees maximum effort to continue the work of the football director in Belo Horizonte. The scenario is one of uncertainty, especially due to Caetano’s constant desire to represent the CBF as national team director.
Atlético sees Rodrigo Caetano as a fundamental part of the SAF project. Since 2021 at the Minas Gerais club, the executive has had the support of the investors who run the institution and has a contract until the end of 2026.
At the moment, the most likely thing is that there will be an official statement from the parties after the classic between Atlético and Cruzeiro. The match will be played this Saturday (3/2), starting at 7:30 pm, at Arena MRV, in Belo Horizonte, for the third round of the first phase of the Campeonato Mineiro.
Source close to the director speaks of a “routed” exit
On Friday night, the On Attack He was also in contact with a person close to the football director, who assured that Rodrigo Caetano has negotiations “well underway” with the CBF. The leader himself has already stated on past occasions that he sees the opportunity to defend the Brazilian team as a “call-up”, and not an invitation.
The current trend, therefore, is for the executive to leave Atlético. Rodrigo Caetano’s dealings with the highest authority in Brazilian football are being led directly by Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the institution.
*João Vítor Marques collaborated.