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FC Motagua Jose Escalante Transfer

Cavalry: Escalante Remains Under Contract

By on June 27, 2023 0 1160 Views

In a bizarre twist following FC Motagua’s announcement that Jose Escalante had signed with the club earlier today, Cavalry FC has released a statement declaring that he remains under contract with them instead.

The Alberta-based side says that they granted the Honduran midfielder a leave of absence on June 26, with Jose travelling to Honduras for personal reasons.

He was announced by FC Motagua yesterday evening, suggesting he was or had already been in Honduras, putting on the club’s uniform to sign papers.

“The player remains contracted to the club through to at least December 31, 2023, with a 2024 club option. Any reports to the contrary are false,” read the Cavalry FC statement.

We had reported that Jose Escalante looked set for FC Motagua last week after their head coach revealed that he expected the midfielder’s arrival imminently.

This weekend saw him make his one hundredth appearance for Cavalry FC, where he’s been a member of the squad since day one.

An encapsulating talent in the Canadian Premier League, he’s proven to be one of the most polarizing figures within the league for his ability to goad opponents in to fouls. In the midst of his fifth season under Tommy Wheeldon Jr, he had contributed sixteen assists and nine goals before the bizarre transfer drama unfolded.

Escalante has played professionally in his native Honduras before, suiting up for the likes of Olimpia, Honduras Progreso, and Juticalpa, while also having featured for CDS Vita while on loan from Cavalry.

With Cavalry releasing a strong – if not belated – statement on the situation, it remains to be seen what will ultimately unfold with Jose’s career: a leave of absence for personal reasons is one thing, but FC Motagua’s images of him signing a contract are something else entirely.

What’s more, the Canadian Premier League also shared Cavalry’s club statement, chiming on what has quickly become an odd piece of transfer drama ahead of the July window.

This post will be updated as it further develops.

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