Tati Castellanos explained to Girona: 6 key questions as the NYC star leaves

2. Why now?

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  <p>Castellanos was a brilliant professional although the move took a bit longer to materialize than expected.  He did not give up his form, did not show frustration outwardly.

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  "I'm enjoying every day here...but you asked before about motivation and growth and I'm thinking of doing it somewhere else, because the drive to win the MLS Cup? I already did. Golden Boot? I already did. Of course I would like to win everything here, but I also want to I play elsewhere for myself, for my development, to test my limits and see how much better I can be. It's time to test whether or not I'm ready to succeed in Europe."

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  Castellanos said this through the club's official statement announcing the transfer on Monday.

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  "I came to New York City four years ago and this experience was all I wanted," Castellanos said.  “...I strongly believe that this is the right time for me to move to Europe which has always been my dream. I feel confident and ready to take on a new challenge.”

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  It had to be this summer.

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  <h3>3. Would NYC benefit from being a loan rather than CFG buying the contract first?</h3>

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  <p>Early reports about Castellanos' potential move to Girona suggested he would come as part of City Football Group's (think Manchester City) move to buy Castellanos and then loan him to Girona.

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  On Monday, the deal was announced as a loan from New York City.

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  It doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things - an eventual transfer from NYCFC or CFG is the same with co-ownership - but it does allow NYCFC to (probably) be the club making the transfer next summer if all goes accordingly.  to plan.

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  In MLS Core List/Maximum Status Rules: This means NYC won't get additional General Allocation funds (GAM) from this transfer until next year, rather than the club agreeing a "fee" with the CFG that allows them to convert some to GAM, like So did the New York Red Bulls with Tyler Adams moving to RB Leipzig again in 2019.

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  New York City Finance will be able to transfer up to $1,102,500 in transfer fees to the Greater Amman Municipality.  If you want to dig deeper into the rules of the list, ask yourself here;  It is located under the “Transfer and Loan Fees” section.

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  In terms of narrative (screams MLS screenwriter Andrew Webby), it would be great if the final deal was (probably) from NYCFC.  Castellanos would (rightly) occupy its place somewhere positively in the list of the most expensive transfers ever issued in MLS history.

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  If the NYCFC team gets its asking price of $15 million next summer, Castellanos will be the fifth most expensive transfer from an MLS club.

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