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Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has reiterated his love for Boca Juniors and insisted he wants to end his career at the Argentine giants.
Tevez, who currently plays for Italian giants Juventus, has said that he has his heart set on a move to his boyhood club where he made his name after making his debut as a professional as a fresh faced 16 year old back in 2001.
The former Manchester United and West Ham United striker left Boca for the Brazilian Serie A with Corinthians in a big money move in 2004 before moving to the Premier League along with Argentine team mate Javier Mascherano in 2006 to link up with West Ham United.
The 30 year old, who joined Juventus last season, has been in fine form for the Italian giants as he helped them secure their third successive Serie A title in his very first season in Italy. He still has two year left on a three year deal and has expressed a willingness to return to Argentina with Boca Juniors when the deal expires.
Speaking to a Spanish newspaper, Tevez said that the only club he could ever imagine himself playing for in Argentina is Boca. He added that it is known that it is his dream to return to the club, but he mentioned that he doesn’t when it will be. However, he knows one thing for sure and that is he will retire at the club.
Tevez scored nineteen goals in his first season at Serie A as Juventus clinched their 32nd title but the Italian club doesn’t want to part ways with the player anytime soon and will move quickly to offer a new contract to ward delay his move to his beloved Boca Juniors as long as they possibly can.
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Carlos Bianchi was appointed as the coach of Boca Juniors in 2013 but the Argentinean tactician has failed on securing a single title and the current season will see them finishing in the middle section of the league while their rivals River Plate are one the verge of clinching the silverware.
Bianchi is recognized by FIFA as Argentina’s top-scorer in the history of first division tournaments of the world as he was able to score 385 goals during his playing career but he has not enjoyed the same kind of success being in charge of Boca Juniors.
The 65 years old manager spoke about his situation in the club in a press conference.
‘’The fans of the club are aware that if I leave Boca Juniors I will not be coming back. I feel more motivated to win than a few months before, I want to give the fans something to cheer for’’. Carlos Bianchi said.
Although it has been less than 2 years since Bianchi was appointed as the head coach of Boca Juniors, the pressure and rumors are already starting to build up as to whether or not he will be remaining in his current role for any significant period of time longer and the president of the club, Daniel Angelici has given Bianchi an ultimatum.
‘’We believe in the capacity of Carlos Bianchi but the results have not demonstrated it. Everyone in the club respects him and knows about everything that he has to offer for Boca Juniors but we need positive results. In June we will start evaluating how the club is situated and take a decision as to who is going to be in charge of the squad’’. Daniel Angelici stated.
There already are rumors of Gerardo Martino being the next coach of Boca Juniors if Carlos Bianchi is unable on securing positive results in the upcoming matches of the club.
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The manager of River Plate, Ramon Diaz, is happy with how his team has performed in the previous few matches, but, he has admitted that it’s close to impossible for them to win the league from here on.
River Plate’s performance in the first half of the ongoing season was pretty mediocre and thus, they got pushed behind so much that even with some impressive outings in the recent past, they have not been able to get themselves back into the race for the title.
In their last three matches, the Millionaires have defeated three fantastic teams in the Argentine top flight i.e. Lanus, Boca Juniors and Newell’s Old Boys. Now, in their next match on the upcoming Sunday, they will take on Belgrano de Cordoba.
Although, Diaz refused to say anything about what will be his first XI in that game but, it is believed that he would not make too many changes in the XI that had taken the ground first up in the last match against Newell’s Old Boys.
Speaking to the press yesterday, Diaz said, “We have secured three consecutive wins and thus, the spirit in the camp has gone high, but, it’s very difficult for us to lift the trophy even with so many positive results of late. However, yes, it’s important to keep getting those points so that we finish well.”
“In the top flight here in Argentina, you have to be alert all the time, otherwise, you go down. There is no room for complacency here.”
River plate has played 30 matches in the Argentine Primera Division so far this season out of which they have won 11, lost 11, while, the remaining 8 matches have ended in the form of draws. They have to play 8 more matches.
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Sevilla have announced that winger Diego Perotti will be joining Argentine club Boca Juniors on a six-month long loan deal, which could be made permanent depending on his performances with the South American giant. Boca Juniors have been able to bring in important names in the last few years due to the improvement in the local economy. They are regarded as one of the top South American clubs, but they have been unable to compete with the Brazilian counterparts over the last few years. The signing of Perotti is seen as a main statement of intent at a time when Brazil is dominating South American football.
The 25-year-old has been brought only a six-month loan deal, but Boca Juniors have the option to purchase 50% of his rights and make the move permanent in the summer. The winger has been one of the established names at Sevilla after coming through the youth ranks. He joined the B team of Sevilla back in 2007, and was linked to United by the http://www.iloveliverpool.org website. He has made two appearances for the Argentine national team since the debut in 2009. However, he has since not featured for Alessandro Sabella, but this loan move is expected to revive his international career.
So far, he has won one trophy with Sevilla – the Copa del Rey in 2009.
“Sevilla winger, Diego Perotti is leaving on loan to Boca Juniors until 30th June. The Nervión club and the Argentine side reached an agreement which will see the player join Boca on loan until the end of the current season. As part of the contract, Boca reserve the right to purchase 50% of the player’s rights at the end of the loan period, which will see the player stay there. The player is already in Argentina, where he has passed a standard medical and signed his contract,” read a statement on Sevilla’s official site.
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Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has confirmed that he does not plan to rush Lionel Messi back from injury. The forward missed the last few weeks of action in 2013. Despite this, Barcelona managed to do well due to the performances from players like Pedro and Alexis Sanchez. Since these players are performing exceptionally well, Barcelona are not under pressure to bring back Messi. They have been over reliant on the Argentine in the last few years. Messi has been able to cope up with this pressure by managing to stay injury free during this period.
However, he has suffered numerous breaks already this campaign due to injuries and Martino has said that this is time to rest Messi completely so that he does not suffer any real occurrence of the injury problems going into the second half of the campaign. Barcelona lead the table – albeit on goal difference – while also doing well in the European competitions as well. Messi is very far off the goalscoring charts this campaign. He is likely to lose the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which he has held for the last four years, to his archrival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi is expected to be back into the Barcelona first-team for the Atletico Madrid match.
“Whether he plays in one of the games this week depends on how he feels. He has to be ready not just physically but also mentally. It always takes players a while to mentally recover from an injury and I think that is the most important thing right now because physically he looks good. What we will never do is play him when he is not ready. We would not risk his fitness, nor the team,” said Martino.
Messi has scored just eight league goals in comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 20 this campaign.
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