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Cruzeiro confirm interest in Riquelme

Brazilian giants Cruzeiro have moved to express their interest in Argentine legend Juan Roman Riquelme.

The Boca Juniors icon decided to leave los Xeneize last September, following a dispute with coach Julio Cesar Falcioni and has since been considering his options.

Independiente coach Americo Gallego admitted last week that he would love to sign Riquelme, and now Cruzeiro have also joined the race.

Riquelme’s former teammate and current consultant of the Brazilian club, Juan Pablo Sorin admits Cruzeiro will attempt to sign the veteran midfielder.

“It is possible that Roman moves to Brazil,” Sorin said to ESPN Radio Rivadavia. “All Cruzeiro fans ask me (about him), but it will depend a lot on him.

”The club at one point asked me to contact him and his representative, but unfortunately that did not happen. But, we can resume talks to make a second attempt.”

Juan Roman Riquelme returned to Boca Juniors from Villarreal in January 2008 and has since enjoyed a lot of success with los Xeneize.

During the three spells with the Argentine giants, the 34-year-old has scored 57 goals in 264 league appearances for the club.

On top of that, Riquelme has amassed a total of 51 Argentina caps, scoring 17 goals in the process.

Tue 30 October, 2012
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