Absolute holder in the rubro-negro goal, Diego Alves turned 36 last Thursday (24). He, Diego Ribas and Fillipe Luis form the so-called “85 Generation” of Flamengo, who, within a week, will be free to sign a pre-contract with any team.
A day after Gerson’s farewell, in the 2-1 victory over Fortaleza, Diego Alves turned 36 years old. Despite his advanced age, there is no doubt that he is the absolute owner of Flamengo’s goalkeeper position. His teammate and the so-called “85 Generation”, Fillipe Luis, posted a video on social media congratulating the goalkeeper.
Despite the celebrations, one fact may worry the red-black fans. Diego Alves, Diego Ribas and Fillipe Luis himself are in the final stretch of their contract with Flamengo, being able to sign a pre-contract with any team within a week. From June 30th, the trio will be legally free to settle with another club, as their contracts expire on December 31st.
Although none of them give hints that they want to leave the club, the goalkeeper has already gone through a similar situation at the beginning of the year, when, after much speculation and negotiation, he renewed his contract until the end of 2021. Now, entering the last six months of contract, further speculation can be expected in the coming months.
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Fillipe Luis was the only one of the three to speak out recently about a possible renewal. The side said he is not worried and that he expects a new contract to be signed in the near future.
However, nothing has been heard so far from the other two members of “Generation 85”. Diego Alves has a guaranteed position in the starting lineup, as the coaching staff still doesn’t see enough security in their reserves, Hugo and Gabriel Baptista, despite both having shown they have potential.
Fillipe Luis is also stamped on the starting lineup of Rogério Ceni, who also has Renê and young Ramon for the position.
Diego took advantage of the chance he had to return to the starting lineup in the middle of the 2020 Brasileirão, and since then he has not left the team. However, with Flamengo showing interest in players who play in the same field, it may be the one with the least guaranteed place among the 11 starters.
“Generation 85” started with the signing of Diego in 2016, followed by Diego Alves in 2017 and, finally, Fillipe Luis in 2019. Having won a truckload of titles so far for Flamengo, there is no doubt about the fans’ desire in their stays. It is now up to Flamengo to define in the coming months whether or not to renew these three pillars of the team.