Feyenoord has however for the time-being decided against the arrival of 19-year-old striker Mauricio Pinilla, also from Universidad de Chile, after both players were closely observed by Technical Director Rob Baan for a number of weeks. It was the first time he had seen the two at work in the flesh, as previously he had only known them from videos of the Chilean national team and Young Chile. Baan was most enthusiastic about Pardo, resulting in the loan construction with option to buy. ‘The technical staff will now have all the time they need to see how he develops in the Netherlands,’ said Manager Jan D. Swart.
The probability that Sebastian Pardo will be in the Kuip on the open day on Wednesday is slim. ‘The idea is for him to come to Rotterdam as soon as possible, but it depends on how fast he can get here by plane.’ According to Swart, even if the player was to make it to the open day, the Chilean will likely not be presented to the fans in the helicopter. ‘That privilege is reserved for the players who can be immediately selected for the first team, and at this stage, that does not necessarily include Pardo,’