It seemed that Marcelo Gallardo would return to Argentine football with Estudiantes de La Plata, but he finally decided to move back to former club River Plate instead.
The former Argentine international terminated his contract with DC
United, and will pen a one-year deal with River. Gallardo will join his new
teammates in pre-season training immediately.
Gallardo, 33, was River's first reinforcement for the new season,
but head coach Nestor Gorosito is now after Matias Fernandez (Villarreal) and
Damian Escudero (Valladolid).
It is still unknown whether highly-rated striker Cristian Fabbiani will
join River, after much speculation linking him with a move to the Estadio Monumental in recent
Other players who could play for Los Millonarios this season
include, Juan Mercier of Argentinos Juniors, and club idol Ariel Ortega, who is
currently on the books at Independiente Rivadavia.
River Plate finished rock-bottom of the Apertura Championship last
season, and are hoping to build a competitive squad to compete in the Clausura
Championship and the Copa Libertadores in 2009.
Gregory Sica, Goal.com