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Riquelme eyes Boca move as step towards World Cup

Villarreal midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme hopes that a move Boca Juniors will help him secure a place in the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup.

sports Updated: Nov 28, 2007 15:51 IST
Mark Elkington

Villarreal midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme has said he hopes a move to Boca Juniors will help him secure a place in the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup.

The mercurial playmaker has been an outcast at Villarreal since falling out with coach Manuel Pellegrini midway through last season.

"I am a simple person and all I want is to play football every Sunday," Riquelme was quoted as saying in Spanish media on Wednesday.

"This move is the only chance I have to play at the next World Cup, which is the thing that motivates me most."

While he has not played in the Primera Liga in the current campaign he has continued to shine for Argentina in their World Cup qualifiers.

Riquelme, former club Boca and Villarreal are set to close a deal that will allow him to move back to Argentina.

"People should know that of the three parties I am the one who has made the biggest effort and that I have offered to play a year for free with Boca.

"I have told Villarreal they do not have to pay me what they owe me for another year and a half (the outstanding time left on his contract with them)."

Riquelme also revealed he had spurned an offer from Tottenham Hotspur.

"I thank them for their interest but my family and I want to return home," he said.