MANILA, Philippines – 2015 PFF-Smart Club National Championship MVP and best midfielder Matthew Hartman has been officially sent to AFC Cup bound Global FC, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC’s website confirmed on Thursday, February 19.
The trade will send Curt Dizon to Loyola. Hartmann will be reunited with his brother Mark Hartmann in Global after the deal between the two big clubs.
“After lengthy negotiations, the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Global have come to an agreement over the transfer of Matthew Hartmann. “ the post said.
Team Manager Armand Del Rosario admitted on the club’s website that it was not easy to let go of a vital piece to their squad’s defense and offense for the last four years.
“First of all, he’s the longest standing player at the club. And it’s always hard to lose a player that’s been there since the beginning,”
“We were on the verge of signing him to a longer contract, but the pull to play with his brother and to play in the AFC Cup decided it. Although we didn’t want to lose him, with Global’s interest, it was a decision that was a win for both clubs,” Del Rosario added.
Although Matthew Hartmann’s debut for Global FC in the UFL will be on hold until the next transfer window on April, he is expected to reinforce his new club’s midfield in the upcoming AFC Cup group stage. – Rappler.com