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Trezeguet, with no place in River, leaves

Former River Plate striker David Trezeguet.
Signs up for franchise-based Indian league

David Trezeguet will continue his career in India. With no place in River Plate, the former Juventus striker decided to sign with Pune City, one of India’s new franchise-based soccer league teams.

MUMBAI — Former France and Juventus striker David Trezeguet has followed compatriot Robert Pires by becoming the latest overseas recruit for India’s new franchise-based soccer league on a one-year deal with Pune City.

Pires, Joan Capdevila and Freddie Ljungberg have already confirmed their participation in the eight-team Indian Super League (ISL), scheduled from October to December.

Capdevila’s fellow-Spaniard Luis García will represent the Kolkata franchise, co-owned by Spanish champion Atlético Madrid, while former Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James has also committed to playing in the league.

The 36-year-old Trezeguet, a 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner with France, was on loan at Newell’s Old Boys from River Plate in Argentina last season.

The ISL franchise, which has a tie-up with Serie A club Fiorentina for strategic and technical support, has appointed Italian Franco Colomba as head coach.

“Trezeguet will be our marquee player. He will spearhead our team, score goals and hopefully win the league for us,” Pune’s chief executive Gaurav Modwel told reporters yesterday.

Meanwhile, River continues in the search for a new striker. Yesterday, Vélez Sarsfield rejected an offer of US$5 million for forward Lucas Pratto. In Núñez, the officials have faith that sooner or later they will reach an agreement to sign the former Boca Juniors player.

Vélez President, Miguel Calello, said that the club will receive another offer in the near future.

The transfer window in Argentina ends today and River put Pratto in the shortlist, although the club must the the approval of Vélez for that.

Herald staff with agencies

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