The official website for European football

Pinilla boosts Celta options

Published: Friday 16 January 2004, 16.30CET
RC Celta de Vigo have sealed the loan signing of AC Chievo Verona's Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla.
Published: Friday 16 January 2004, 16.30CET

Pinilla boosts Celta options

RC Celta de Vigo have sealed the loan signing of AC Chievo Verona's Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla.

RC Celta de Vigo have sealed the loan signing of AC Chievo Verona striker Mauricio Pinilla until the end of the season.

Option to buy
Celta have the option to buy Pinilla, 19, outright after his loan period has expired. Coach Miguel Ángel Lotina said of the Chilean: "We are not expecting him to transform the team but he will certainly be able to help us out during this difficult period."

Welcome tonic
Pinilla's arrival should provide a welcome tonic for Celta, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Primera División table. Despite progressing to the UEFA Champions League last 16, injuries and a loss of form have afflicted Celta this season and they were in the relegation zone before last weekend's 4-2 win at RCD Mallorca.

Arsenal tie
The Galicians face Arsenal FC in the Champions League first knockout round next month and Pinilla will be eligible for the competition.

Last updated: 16/01/04 19.18CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=138285.html#pinilla+boosts+celta+options

UEFA.com features

Who has won titles in the most European nations?
  • Who has won titles in the most European nations?
  • Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it
  • Story so far: Real Madrid CF
  • Guingamp magic floors Paris
  • Fenerbahçe great Alex calls time on career
  • Gabbiadini inspires high-flying Sampdoria
  • UEFA Champions League round of 16 classics
  • UEFA Europa League stars and strikes
  • Deciding drama: The best of matchday six
  • UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers
1 of 10
 
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.