“I can’t wait to be with my companions, I am very grateful for everything that people give me and for the effort so that I can be here”. This is how the Colombian hitch was expressed Juan Fernando Quintero, who arrived in Argentina this afternoon to join River’s squad. In addition, he claimed to be very happy to be back at the club.
Quintero, who landed at Aeroparque just after 5 p.m., surrounded by hundreds of fans, will become tomorrow, after the medical examination and the signing of the contract, River’s fourth reinforcement for this season: Tomás Pochettino, Leandro González Pirez and Emanuel Mammana are already training under Marcelo Gallardo.
The return of “Juanfer”, which occurs after his departure from the club at the end of 2020 to join China’s Shenzhen, which paid him $9 million, will be as a free player and will sign a bond for two seasons.
When asked (once again) about the goal he scored against Boca in Madrid in the final of the 2018 Libertadores, and that people chanted at that time, he replied: “What happened, happened, it was very nice, but now I’m here to contribute to the team and the group. I want to do what is best for the club. This is a new challenge.”
The club, to announce the hiring of Juanfer, uploaded to its social networks a story with the hashtag #ElretornoDelRey with the image of the 2018 Copa Libertadores that River beat Boca 3-1 in the second final, at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium
The player, who will wear the number 10 of Marcelo Gallardo’s team, arrives with a sprain in the collateral ligament of the left knee suffered in the friendly against Honduras last Sunday. Due to this injury, the midfielder was disaffected from the call for the Colombian team on January 28 and February 1, and he will be able to recover with River’s medical team, which will carry out the corresponding review tomorrow.
Quintero arrives at River after a season in China’s Shenzhen, where added 1289 minutes in 21 games, of which in 15 he started, with just 4 complete games and scoring 1 goal. Also during the past year and the first month of 2022, he played for the national team 6 games, the last against Honduras, in which he was injured and left before the end of the first half. In his national team, in this period he accounted for 312 minutes, 1 goal and was only twice a starter.
In the previous stage in River, the Colombian, who suffered a knee ligament injury, added a total 61 games and 12 goals, he was barely able to complete the 90 minutes on 10 occasions and only a couple of times it was in a row. Of the 61 games he played between 2017 and 2020, when he was transferred to the Chinese team after the coronavirus quarantine, he only started 26 times and in the remaining 35 he did so from the substitute bench.