"It's my team, my preference," says 'JuanFer' Quintero about River Plate

Bogota, Jan 14 (EFE).- The creative Juan Fernando Quintero announced this Friday that after playing a friendly match against Honduras on Sunday with the Colombian national team, he intends to return to the ranks of River Plate, an Argentine club with which he won several international titles.

“Let people know that, surely in the next few hours, we will close everything to return to River Plate,” the skilled 28-year-old told the press.

Quintero left the Millionaire club of Buenos Aires in 2020 to reinforce the Chinese Shenzhen, from which he has disassociated himself to rejoin coach Marcelo Gallardo’s team.

In a press conference ahead of the game with Honduras in the US city of Fort Lauderdale, Quintero said that he had received offers from teams in Brazil and Turkey in recent days, but that he opted again for River.

“It’s my team, it’s my preference,” said the hitch, who explained that Flamengo and Galatasaray were also interested.

“From the beginning my intention was to return to River, and God allows us to close everything, so that after playing with the national team, go to the presentation with the team,” he added.

He stressed that River is a team that competes at all times. “That’s why I made the decision to return,” he added.

With the Quintero crossed band team he won the Copa Argentina (2019) and the Supercopa (2017), the Recopa Sudamericana in 2019 and the Copa Libertadores in 2018, played in Madrid.

Referring to his time in Chinese football, he assured that, contrary to popular belief, this league is competitive and the players have a great physical presence and are tactically very disciplined.

“I had the opportunity to grow a lot in China. The foreigners who play there have many responsibilities. I gained a lot of experience.”

“It is not a bad decision to go to China,” he guaranteed.

He said trusting the rhythm that he brings will allow him to make a space among the players that the Colombian coach, Reinaldo Rueda, will call to face Peru on the 28th of this month in Barranquilla and visit Argentina on February 1.

“I’m doing well, with rhythm after my season in China, I almost didn’t stop. Representing my country is a source of pride for me, I want to always give my best,” he said.

Quintero and Miguel Borja stand out in Rueda’s list for the friendly match with Honduras, a team led by Colombian Hernán Darío Gómez.

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