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The former Lyon man is set for a return to his old club where he is believed to have accepted a non-contractual position

Former Brazil international Juninho Pernambucano is set to play for free having made his return to Vasco de Gama.

Earlier this month he ended an ill-fated stint with MLS outfit New York Red Bulls after just seven months, where he cancelled his contract after citing "personal issues".

The 38-year-old, who has enjoyed two previous terms with the Rio-based side, is set for a third stint at Sao Januario and, instead of a salary, the former Lyon star will receive only Brazil's minimum wage plus a number of unsettled debts from the club which were not paid during his previous spell.

"From the moment [Red Bulls] terminated my contract, I had three options: stop playing, play for another club or return to Vasco to end my career," he told a press conference.

"I never lost my joy for football. I enjoy playing and training. Of course, I played only 13 games and did not score in the United States. It was something new for me... now I am at home," he added.

"My challenge now is to repeat the form I showed last year for Vasco."

The veteran is hoping to make his third debut for the club in ten days' time against Fluminense.

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