Villarreal CF have signed a pre-contract agreement to allow midfielder Juan Román Riquelme to rejoin CA Boca Juniors when the transfer window opens.
Villarreal general director José Manuel Llaneza travelled to Buenos Aires to complete a deal which should end the 29-year-old’s five-year spell in Spanish football. Riquelme joined FC Barcelona in 2002 from Boca Juniors, the club where he started his career in 1996, and returned to Argentina on loan in February after he was dropped by Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini last Christmas. He has not played for the Yellow Submarine since returning to El Madrigal in July.
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