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Riquelme: I'm Staying at Villarreal

It looks like the Juan Roman Riquelme saga is now over. According to Sporting Life, the Argentine wizard won't be returning to Boca Juniors, he won't be going to Atletico Madrid, and no, he won't be going to MLS, either. Instead he's going back to Villarreal, where a tenuous relationship with Coach Manuel Pellegrini caused his loan departure to Boca last January.

And yet some feel the talented playmaker should be shortlisted for World Player of the Year. Riquelme was the inspiration behind Boca's winning Copa Libertadores campaign. He was also the catalyst for Argentina's (almost) successful Copa America campaign a few months ago. Indeed, Riquelme has played brilliantly over the last seven months -- could it be that no one wanted him? Why then is he returning to Villarreal, where everyone knows he doesn't want to be?

Nevertheless, the mercurial Argentine is now training with the La Liga club, but he didn't sound convincingly happy: "There is a lot of talk on the radio and in newspapers," the 29-year-old said. "It's going to be the same, he is the coach and I'm a player. I'm going to train and he will set up the team each Sunday."

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