Talented striker, Juan Román Riquelme, reiterated that he will not be returning to play for Boca Juniors despite Boca's clamoring’s to include him as part of the team which is now coached by Carlos Bianchi. He didn't rule out the possibility of playing in another country.
"I can't change my decision that I made six months ago. I'm not returning to Boca. I thought about it until the last minute but since the day I shared mate with the coach (Bianchi) I told them that it was going to be very difficult to return", Riquelme declared while leaving the Bombonera.
The striker was present at the club this Saturday, moments before the start of Boca's pre-season, in order to squash speculation that his imminent return was all but certain.
Riquelme, 34 years of age, has a contract with Boca that runs until June 30, 2014 but has not played since last July 4th. His last game was a loss against Brazilian club Corinthians in the final of the Copa Libertadores. After the game he alleged that he felt "empty" and disgusted with then coach Julio Falcioni and the president Daniel Angelici.
"I thought up until the last moment about (who is) the coach, but I can't change the decision that I made" in July, evidently referring to Bianchi his preferred coarch.
He insisted that "people have invented things. But for me it is dificult to change decisions that make. I keep my word".
The star striker, considered to be one of the best South American players, renewed his criticism against the press saying that "yesterday (Friday) you said that I had to present myself before the club and I was sitting in my pool".
"I love this club. I have a lot of memories but I also have my word. If I have the possibility of playing again I will but here in Argentina will be very difficult", he added.