Veteran goalkeeper 'Conejo' Perez's Pachuca future in the balance

Oscar Perez Conejo Pachuca
Francois Nel
The 45-year-old could play one more tournament or hang up the gloves to move into an administrative role, depending on market movement

Oscar "Conejo" Perez was set to call it a career, but the veteran Mexican goalkeeper, currently with Pachuca, now could stay on for another tournament.

The 45-year-old started his professional career in 1993 with Cruz Azul, but has continued to play at a high level and only recently lost his starting job at Pachuca. Tuzos may still have use for Perez in the upcoming Apertura season. They have the rights to goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota, who has been on loan with Chivas the last two tournaments. Chivas may not have the money to meet Pachuca's asking price, reportedly $7 million (£5.2m/€5.9m), but other clubs have asked about the goalkeeper. If he's sold, Perez may stay for one more season at the Estadio Hidalgo.

"They've offered me six more months, but we haven't talked about anything to this point. A lot has to do with Rodolfo Cota, if he's sold or not sold, that's why right now everything is in stand-by mode," Perez told MedioTiempo.

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Perez said he's fine either way, with an offer on the table as well to take a position with Pachuca on the institutional side.

"If the six-month thing happens, I'll do it with pleasure and if not we'll see what happens," he said. "I've also got an offer to stay here and work with the club."

A rumor emerged in the winter that MLS expansion club LAFC was looking to bring in the veteran, but Perez said he doesn't have any offers from MLS. While Perez is unlikely to close out his career as a starter, he said he's come to accept that things will come to an end in a different way - even if he's still hoping for one more big send-off.

"The change hasn't been easy and in some ways it hurts to be an active player and then stop being that. I'd visualized it in another way, but today that's how it is and I've tried to adapt to the circumstances," he said. "Today I'm more relaxed, but I would like to have a farewell match, a game in which I could play and then go."