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The Riquelme saga seems to have no end

Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Román Riquelme

Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici put some pressure on Juan Román Riquelme yesterday saying that the playmaker rejected a contract that “no Argentine club could pay.” Meanwhile, Argentinos Juniors has also tried to sign the midfielder for its National B Division season.

“The club is more important than the idols, officials and coaching staff,” said Angelici, who recognized his “annoyance” because Riquelme will not train with the rest of the squad during the preseason again.

By saying that, the president is almost assuming the midfielder will sooner or later sign the 18-month contract offered to him, though he wants improvements in his salary.

“We did everything we could to extend his contract, but sadly we didn’t reach an agreement in the financial sense. Yesterday (Tuesday), we had a meeting with his manager and continued with the same differences,” added the president.

Angelici talked to the press and confirmed that they offered a contract in pesos that “no other Argentine club could offer.” He added that officials will not be changing any aspect of it.

It is the second time that Riquelme has missed the squad’s training sessions during the pre-season. Coach Carlos Bianchi did not want to talk about it.

“I’m annoyed because it’s the second year that he hasn’t trained with the rest of the team in preseason. It’s a financial issue, not a sporting one,” said Angelici.

As negotiations with Boca appeared to be stuck, Argentinos Juniors is also trying to sign the former national team playmaker. Riquelme started his soccer career in Argentinos, but did not make his debut in the First Division until he played for Boca.

Argentinos was relegated to the National B Division and president Luis Segura expects to count on Riquelme to return to top-flight soccer.

The contract would be different to Boca’s. Club officials want to pay the 36-year-old Riquelme for every game he plays and a bonus for fulfilling the club’s goal of being promoted.

Also, Argentinos coach Claudio Borghi said officials has already started to negotiate with the player. Argentinos signed former River Plate Cristian Ledesma.

NEGATIVE START. In its first friendly of the preseason, Boca Juniors lost 2-0 against Boca Unidos of yesterday at the Huracán of Corrientes stadium.

José Vizcarra and Emanuel Denning netted the goals for the team from the National B Division.

Bianchi’s side finished with 10 players as Daniel Díaz was sent off.

Boca played with: Emanuel Trípodi; Emiliano Insúa, Juan Forlín, Díaz, Leandro Marín; Gonzalo Castellani, Cristian Erbes, Franco Cristaldo; Yamil Romero; Emanuel Gigliotti and Jonatan Calleri.

For the second half, the coach made seven changes: Nahuel Zárate for Insúa, Federico Carrizo for Cristaldo, Claudio Pérez for Castellani, Sabastián Palacios for Romero, Mauro Dalla Costa for Calleri and Adrián Cubas for Gigliotti.

With the first goal, Boca repeated some old mistakes in defence, when a long pass by its opponents found “Cata” Díaz and Forlín lost in the box, and Vizcarra sent the ball home.

Another mistake ended with the second goal for Boca Unidos. Romero lost the ball in the midfield and Denning received a pass from a teammate. He left Díaz and Forlín behind with his skills and scored the second for his team without problems.

Bianchi’s team will return to practice today at 4pm at the Casa Amarilla facilities.

Herald staff with agencies

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