Former Spain and Atletico Madrid full-back Mariano Pernia has completed a deal to sign for Uruguayan giants Nacional, and has already started training with the Montevideo club.
Ovacion reports that the 33-year old, born in Buenos Aires but eligible to play for Spain through ancestry, moved back to South America after spending the last eight years in Europe, and already has completed a number of training sessions after working hard in pre-season. As well as Atletico Pernia represented Recreativo and Getafe in Spain, as well as playing for the 'Furia Roja' 11 times including in the 2006 World Cup.
In previous talks with reporters 'El Tano' revealed that he was seduced by the bright future of the club, and the drive and direction of it's directors.
"I spoke to the Nacional people for a long time, they told me the club's aspirations, what they want to achieve and I liked what I heard. This made my decision to return to the Rio de la Plata much easier," Pernia asserted.
"They told me that a very strong team had been formed thinking ahead to doing well in the Libertadores and that was another of the things that I liked a lot - because it is the only international tournament that I haven't played in."
"Because of that the Libertadores is a goal of mine still to be fulfilled and I like the challenge. Hopefully we can put together a strong base to do something special."