Former Argentina captain Roberto Ayala has returned to his homelandafter 15 seasons in Europe to join Racing Club.
The 36-year-old central defender will be unveiled on Wednesday having left Real Zaragoza as a free agent.
“They were the only club that really sat down with my agent and committed themselves to bringing me (back). Others showed interest but never offered anything concrete,” Ayala told reporters.
“I’m here to help enhance Racing’s history,” Ayala said of a club, whose only league title in more than 40 years came in 2001.
The move re-unites Ayala with coach Claudio Vivas, who was assistant to Marcelo Bielsa when in charge of the national team between 1999 and 2004.
Ayala, who began his career at Ferro Carril Oeste, joined Napoli from River Plate in 1995 and moved on to Milan in 1998. He left Italy for Spain in 2000, spending seven seasons at Valencia before a move to Zaragoza in 2007.
He won 115 Argentina caps and captained his country in a record 63 matches.