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Giancarlo Maldonado was a bust with Chivas USA and could return to Mexico.

After a failed stint with Chivas USA, Venezuelan striker Giancarlo Maldonado is close to re-joining Mexican side Atlante.

According to a report, Maldonado and los Potros are in negotiations that could see Maldonado return to the club in time to begin preparations for the Clausura 2011 season.

"It's been two years and he's not had the success he had in Atlante," Atlante manager Miguel Herrera told Mexican daily Record. "Hopefully we get him back. He's here in Cancun right now and the front office is taling to him to see if he can join the team as soon as possible."

Maldonado had a breakthrough season for Atlante in the Apertura 2007 campaign, scoring 18 goals and helping Atlante win the league title. But he's bounced around since then, to Spain and back to Mexico, without recovering much of the success that he saw initially in Mexico.

In 10 regular-season games with Chivas USA, Maldonado had just two goals. He was hampered by injury but also had trouble adjusting to his new club. With Justin Braun and Alan Gordon ahead of him, Maldonado was not a first-choice striker towards the end of the season.

Maldonado also had a reputation for being a surly player, and Herrera wanted to see if the player's attitude was positive or not before bringing him in.

"First, we need to talk to him to see his demeanor, the desire he has to come work," Herrera said. "If he comes here the same way he used to, we'll welcome him. That's the Giancarlo we want."

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