Transfer News: JDT target Martinez keen to stay put

Boca Juniors attacking midfielder has distanced himself from rumors linking him with a move to Johor Darul Ta'zim, for now




National news daily The Star reported recently of Johor FA supremo Tunku Ismail Idris' big plans for Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), which include a new state-of-the-art stadium and an ambitious transfer swoop to sign Boca Juniors star Juan Manuel Martinez next season.

Nevertheless, Goal understands that the 28-year-old midfielder has stated his interest to stay on with the Argentinian giants for another season on a radio program. Martinez has played a pivotal role in Boca’s Primera Division campaign with three goals and five assists in 29 appearances this year.

The nippy attacking midfielder is noted for his blistering pace and dribbling ability which gave rise to his nickname “Burrito” or Little Donkey. He has also appeared four times for the Argentine national team under then coach Sergio Batista. The year 2010 marked the highlight of his career as he was voted by the Argentine Sports Journalists Circle as the best player in their domestic league, sharing the prestigious award with Lionel Messi who won the best Argentine player abroad.

JDT reluctantly decided to let go of their marquee signing Pablo Aimar due to niggling injury problems, but signed former Lanus frontman Jorge Perreyra Diaz during the April transfer window.