Federico Bravo says an NYCFC return still possible

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Christian Araos

Federico Bravo is back in Argentina but is not ruling out a return to New York City FC.

Speaking to John Rojas for Jugador Franquicia, Bravo said there is interest in him from Argentina and elsewhere but that he is uncertain where he will play in 2017.

“The reality is that I still don’t know where I will be next year or if New York City are interested in me returning,” Bravo said. “The situation still hasn’t been resolved and I’m staying calm. There will be a decision in the coming days and I’ll try to choose the best option.”

NYCFC declined an opportunity to purchase Bravo for a reported $1 million fee and the midfielder returned to Boca Juniors. Bravo made 21 appearances for City during the regular season and appeared in both legs of their Eastern Conference Semifinal loss.

Bravo said City treated him well and he felt comfortable at the club last season – going so far as to say the experience helped him grow as a professional.

“We are still in touch and the chance to return is still open,” Bravo said. “I’m calm, I’m waiting and I’m going to consider the offers that I have. I’m going to talk with my family and try to make a decision that will be best for my career and for my personal level.”

Bravo said he is away from the Boca squad but congratulated his teammates for winning the Superclasico last weekend. However he acknowledged that opportunities to play with Boca were limited and he would have a better chance at playing if he returned to NYCFC or decided to move elsewhere. His contract with Boca expires next week.

“I had a great year at New York City,” Bravo said. “I have a great affection for the club and the people that work there. Football-wise, it was a great year and I improved in different ways. We had a respectable year and fulfilled our objectives and I’m very happy about that. I’m weighing the offers that I have but I will always consider New York City because of my time there.”