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Speaking after a return to the Bombonera was cancelled, the midfielder accused the Argentines of not sharing his enthusiasm at the prospect of a return to his first club

Real Madrid's Argentina international Fernando Gago has expressed his disappointment after seeing a potential move back to Boca Juniors fall through, and insisted that a deal would have been possible had the South Americans put in more effort.

Given few first-team opportunities in Spain over the past season, the midfielder had hoped to secure a switch back to his native country, arriving once more to the Bombonera where he began his professional career. Talks progressed throughout the transfer window, but stalled when Boca refused to meet Madrid's valuation of the 25-year-old.

Speaking for the first time since negotiations broke down, Gago admitted that he was frustrated at seeing his opportunity to return to Argentina fall away.

"Boca could have worked much harder to make it possible," he said in an interview with La Red, also revealing that he persuaded the Spanish giants to lower their transfer fee in order to facilitate an agreement.

"I wanted to play in Boca because it is my second home, but clearly they did not feel the same way about the transfer or maybe it did not suit them. I did more than I should have to return, but I didn't see the same enthusiasm on their part."

Boca directors had previously informed that they could not afford to spend the €6 million [£5.2m] Madrid had requested for Gago - despite the midfielder stating that he was prepared to take a significant wage cut to move back home.