Sarsfield landed the top Argentine mid-season transfer by bringing
Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago home on loan from Valencia on
The Spanish Primera
Liga club and the Argentine champions "have reached an agreement for
the release of the player Fernando Gago until the end of this season,"
said a statement on Valencia's website.
who is unsettled at Valencia and appeared earlier this month to be on
his way back to his first club Boca Juniors, will strengthen coach
Ricardo Gareca's squad as Velez bid for a second Libertadores Cup this
Velez won the Inicial
Tournament, first of two championships in the Argentine season, in
December, their third title under Gareca since 2009. The Final
Tournament starts on February 8 with Velez away to Argentinos Juniors.
month Boca secured the signing of former Velez forward Juan Manuel
Martinez from club world champions Corinthians of Brazil, the biggest
coup up to then.
Gago's greater experience and importance to Alejandro Sabella's
Argentina team as a playmaker make his move the biggest of the summer
Velez general manager
Cristian Bassedas, a former Velez, Newcastle United and Argentina
midfielder, said: "His joining us is going to help us a lot.
will do him a lot of good to come back to Argentina and above all play
regularly," Bassedas was quoted as telling the Argentine radio station
"He's coming to Velez
because the club is in exceptional shape. [The team] are the last
champions, and it's a model club," he added of what is widely regarded
as the best run football club in Argentina.
chance [of a move] came last week when Fernando had an argument at
Valencia and was separated from the first team squad. He found he was
not going to be considered by the coach and decided to look for a club."
Gago, 26, joined Real Madrid from Boca in 2007. He spent the 2011/12 season on loan at AS Roma before joining Valencia.
times Argentine champions Velez won the Libertadores Cup, South
America's equivalent of the European Champions League, in 1994. The
group stage kicks off on February 12.
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