Rafa Marquez: Atlas management didn't want me

Alex Labidou
Tomas Boy: Rafael Marquez chose money over Atlas

Even after being released by the New York Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez can't stay away from controversy.

The Mexico international immediately signed with Liga MX side Leon after parting ways with the Red Bulls on Thursday but hinted in a Twitter rant that his childhood side Atlas would have been his first choice.

"I think I owe an explanation to Atlas fans as to why I didn't sign with the team. One reason: their management," Marquez tweeted.

In several more posts, the defender revealed that he felt that Atlas tried to offer him a contract lower than his expected value and felt that the club wasn't serious in its intentions to sign him.

"I always thought about helping Atlas but they made me believe that they were not interested," he continued.

"I always gave them priority but they were unable to guarantee anything, it was disrespectful for them to offer me less than what foreign players make at Atlas."

Marquez started his career at Atlas, making 77 appearances before moving to Europe in 1999 to join Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. Marquez went on to star with Barcelona but still maintained his strong ties with Atlas throughout years. In fact, it was a big surprise when the he decided to join the Red Bulls over rejoining the side in 2010.

Despite his apparent disappointment in his recent contract discussions with Atlas, Marquez said he's looking forward to excelling at Atlas.

"I'm very motivated to be a part of León, I'll put all my effort into achieving important things," he stated on his account.

Eric Gomez provided translations for Marquez's quotes, which were originally in Spanish.

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