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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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