Cruz Azul manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed that Carlos Pena will not be staying at the Mexican giants as his loan deal from Rangers is due to be terminated early.
Pena, 28, signed for the Light Blues for over £2million last year but after a horrific start to life in Glasgow, he was shipped back out to Mexico on a year-long loan in January to reunite with ex-Ibrox boss Caixinha.
However things have not improved for the Rangers player, whose form has if anything got worse and it was reported that the midfielder had serious issues with alcohol.
Now, Caixinha has announced that Pena will not be sticking around to see out the rest of his loan.
“When you go against the rules, principles and values… That’s the decision with Carlos, he’s not going to stay with us,” said Caixinha, as quoted by ESPN Mexico on their official Twitter account.
"Cuando tú vas contra la reglas, principios y valores… Ya está la decisión con Carlos, NO va a seguir con nosotros."
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— ESPN.com.mx (@ESPNmx) May 9, 2018
The Scottish Sun has previously reported that Pena earns £26,000-a-week in his deal at Ibrox.
Football Insider verdict
It’s really not a surprise to see Caixinha confirm this news. Pena’s loan spell at Cruz Azul will surely go down in that club’s history as one of the worst signings that they have ever made. Not only did Pena’s arrival at Ibrox count against Caixinha when he lost his job in Glasgow, it could count against him being sacked again if he doesn’t turn things around in Mexico City. It’s bizarre that Caixinha would give the midfielder a second chance. It’s hard to judge whether to admire his loyalty to the player who he clearly admires, or be baffled by his decision to sign him for a second time in one season. It’s not good news for the Gers though as they may now be forced to look at the Mexican midfielder when he returns to Ibrox. Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen must look to move the player on due to his high wages, but that is easier said that done.