Villarreal’s playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme will return to his former club Boca Juniors on loan until the end of the season, according to Boca president Mauricio Macri.
“I’m delighted because we have secured Riquelme’s return to the club,” Macri was quoted as saying on the Boca website (www.bocajuniors.com)
The site added that the deal was still dependent on Villarreal’s agreement to Boca’s proposal, although a ccording to reports in Spain, the midfielder is set to receive $2 million to play for Boca in the Clausura championship and the Libertadores Cup.
Riquelme has not played for Villarreal since the start of the year because the club has been unhappy with his level of commitment.
The 28-year-old helped lead Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
Riquelme retired from international football last September after winning 37 caps, saying that criticisms of his performances in the 2006 World Cup in Germany had affected his mother’s health.