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Riquelme presented as Argentinos Juniors player

Former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Argentina star Juan Román Riquelme was this afternoon presented officially as an Argentinos Junior player, and stated in front of thousands of fans that he would do everything to lift the club out of the second-tier Nacional B division.

The 35-year-old playmaker, who signed an 18-month contract to return to the club for whom he starred as a teenager in the 'Bicho' youth divisions before moving to Boca, affirmed that he was focused on gaining promotion with his new employers.

"I have put a great deal of thought into this decision and it is the best choice right now," Riquelme asserted in a press conference frequently interrupted by chants from Argentinos supporters who had turned out to see the veteran and fellow signings including Matías Caruzzo and Pablo Ledesma welcomed to the La Paternal institution.

"Argentinos need all of us to help them right now," he added, while stating that he would begin training under coach Claudio Borghi tomorrow.

The conference, held in the club's microstadium, threatened to veer out of control at one point when supporters jeered a journalist for informing Riquelme that Boca had scored in a pre-season friendly against Montevideo's Nacional.

Fans attempted to harrass the man responsible for the question, before security personnel intervened to restore order. When asked about his relationship with former coach Carlos Bianchi and the 'Xeneize', Riquelme preferred to move on to his current team.

"I am not going to talk about Bianchi. Right now, the best coach in Argentina is sitting right next to me," he maintained, referring to the ex-Boca and Chile trainer Borghi.

Riquelme and Argentinos will kick off the new season at the start of August. The club have been drawn in an 11-team Group A of the Nacional B, with participants fighting for one of the five promotion places that will guarantee entry into a restructured 30-strong top-flight beginning in 2015.

Boca, meanwhile, started a new era without Riquelme with a narrow triumph over Nacional. Bianchi's charges prevailed 1-0 thanks to Jonathan Calleri's last-minute goal.
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