Roman said goodbye to the Argentine giants in stunning circumstances, but his trainer is still waiting for the legend to walk back into training before the season beginsBoca Juniors coach Julio Cesar Falcioni has affirmed that he would welcome back Juan Roman Riquelme with open arms, despite rumours that it was the player's poor relationship with his trainer that led to him declaring his time at the Bombonera had come to an end.
The 34-year-old's future has been uncertain ever since his emotional outburst at the end of the Copa Libertadores final against Corinthians, where he declared that he would not represent the Xeneize again.
The No.10 has been linked with moves to Flamengo and Cruzeiro in Brazil as well as clubs in Saudi Arabia and China as Goal.com exclusively revealed, but still has two years left on his Boca contract and fans are desperate to see him line up for the upcoming Inicial tournament.
According to Falcioni, that sentiment is shared by both himself and president Daniel Angelici, who have not shut the door on a return for the temperamental star.
"The doors are open for him. He is the [club's] biggest idol, he took a personal decision and my opinion is the same as the president's," the coach explained during a press conference held on Monday evening.
"We are waiting for him to return every single day."
The former Banfield trainer, who led Boca to the 2011 Apertura title, also distanced his club from defender Guillermo Burdisso, who is also believed to be a target for arch-rivals River Plate.
"There has not been any negotiation. The president takes care of that. I do not get involved, I did talk with the player to talk about the club, our project and the view to the future," he affirmed.
Falcioni will have the chance to add further silverware in August, when Boca take on Racing Club in the inaugural Copa Argentina final.