Alberto Contador has described a possible move to Caisse d'Epargne as the most attractive of several transfer offers made to the two-time Tour de France winner. He told Spanish press agency EFE on Thursday that while he continues to consider his options, Eusebio Unzué's squad would be capable of supporting his ambitions.
"I feel [that Caisse d'Epargne] is a very good option," Contador said. "But we need to discuss my contractual conditions before we reach any agreement. At the moment there are some difficulties to overcome [before it could happen], but as an option it is the most attractive."
Despite claiming his second Tour de France victory in July, Contador has had a turbulent season at current team, Astana. He is contracted to the Kazakh squad for another year, but has already expressed his desire to break free and leave the squad at the end of the current season. Last month he turned down a lucrative contract-extension offer from Astana and has publicly stated the importance of moving to a team where he would be supported as sole leader.
"Eusebio Unzué has plenty of experience," said Contador on Thursday. "[Caisse d'Epargne] is a team that knows the mentality of working for a leader and from a sporting point of view is interesting."
Unzué has been a pivotal figure in the careers of some of Spanish cycling's greatest champions. Since the 1990s he has worked with riders such as José María Jiménez, Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain. He has played a part of eight Grand Tour wins, including Indurain's two Giro d'Italia and five Tour de France titles.
Although Contador did not reveal the names of squads interested in his signature, he acknowledged that offers from other teams had also been made, which he would continue to consider. The 26-year-old has still not ruled out the formation a new Spanish team, supported by Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso.
"I have several possibilities, some of them attractive, and I'm giving them all due consideration. There are plenty of offers, but nothing is confirmed yet," he said. "I get along very well with Fernando and we may have an opportunity to reach an agreement, but as time goes it is becoming more and more complicated. There is the possibility that we could form our own team."
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