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Richard Garcia. Richard Garcia.

New Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia is keen for Diego Castro to stay, with the club vehemently denying they threatened to get the star Spaniard deported.

Garcia has been signed on a two-year deal, with his support staff set to be announced at a later date.

The 39-year-old former Socceroo takes over from Tony Popovic, who departed earlier this month to take up the head coach role at Greek club Xanthi.

Castro's future has been a hot talking point ever since he refused to join his teammates in the NSW hub to finish off the A-League season.

Glory owner Tony Sage claimed Castro decided against playing after being told he would need to take a pay cut.

A report emerged in recent days that the club wanted to sever ties with Castro and get him sent back to Spain.

Glory chief executive Tony Pignata strongly rejected that claim.

"With Diego, his visa expired over that period he wasn't playing with the club. In actual fact we had to reapply for his visa, which we did," Pignata said.

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