Fernando Cavenaghi has said that he is keen on returning to Argentine football with River Plate, which is the club where he started his career. The striker has said that he holds a special affinity with the club. The fact that he is a free agent means that River Plate can afford him. His contract with his current club Pachuca of Mexico comes to an end in a few days. He has decided not to extend his contract in the hope of returning to River Plate. He started his career in the year 2001 before staying at the club for three more years.

His move to Spartak Moscow in 2004 brought an end to his time at River Plate after 88 appearances and 55 goals. He spent several spells at European clubs like Bordeaux and Mallorca where he enjoyed limited success. His return to South American football was completed following the move to Internacional of Brazil, but he stayed there for only one year before moving to River Plate. His second spell at the club was mainly to help them get back into the top division following their first-ever relegation. Following the successful attempt, Cavenaghi returned back to Europe with a spell at Spanish club Villarreal in the second division.

He also helped them get promoted, but his time at Pachuca appears to be coming to an end.

“Ideal setting back to River. After December 15, will see a change and River again be what it was, hopefully they will give. It is clear that as president Passarella I can not go back. Always said that Argentina would return to play at River. On Sunday I finish my contract with Pachuca and I managed with the leadership that will not play the last game of the championship, to avoid the risk of injury,” said Cavenaghi.

River Plate are currently struggling to complete the transfer of Colombian striker Teo Gutierrez, but the team registered a moral boosting 1-0 victory over Rosario Central during the weekend. The 1-0 home win comes days after the team was defeated 1-0 by Gimnasia La Plata in the opening game of the season. After the two matches, River Plate sit with four points on the board from a maximum possible six. Teenager Federico Andrada, who came on as a substitute, scored the winning goal for the home team. Rosario Central were only recently promoted to the top division.

This was only the third appearance in the top division for Andrada. River Plate were not exactly confidence inspiring in the match. It took them 79 min to finally break the deadlock and the goal was also not from open play. Andrada scored with a great header from a corner to give his team all three points. However, things were not all rosy for the Argentine club as they lost Fabbro to a red card just minutes later. The last weekend’s defeat against Gimnasia La Plata, who were also only recently promoted, raised a lot of speculation on the future of Ramon Diaz.

However, he was able to celebrate in the well-earned victory after the match.

“This is River and you’ve got to play well. The public put pressure on us but we also have a lot of courage… We needed the points and went looking for them. Teo is desperate to play (for River), he keeps telling everyone that,” said the River Plate manager after the encounter about the game and also the transfer of Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is still waiting for clearance to complete the transfer to River Plate. So far, only San Lorenzo have managed to win all their league matches in the new season.

The manager of River Plate, Ramon Diaz, has made it clear to David Trezeguet that he is not in his plans for the upcoming season and he would not get a place in the 25-member squad that will start the pre-season training in two weeks’ time.

Trezeguet struggled with his knee injury in the last season due to which he had to miss a lot of matches. The last time that he featured for River Plate was in March.

Trezeguet went through a knee surgery on 15th of May and he was likely to be fit for River Plate’s pre season training.

Trezeguet had signed for River Plate in December 2011. Things were not going that well for River Plate at that time as they were relegated to the second tier of Argentine football for the first time in their history. But, Trezeguet changed everything with his arrival. He showed great goal scoring form in his debut season and put up some great performances to help his team get back to the Primera Division.

Trezeguet ended the season as the second leading goal scorer for River Plate with 13 goals.

The French veteran made a fine start in the next season as well and netted for the first time in Primera Division against Newell’s Old Boys in September.

He scored a couple of more goals in the Primera division before suffering a nasty knee injury in March which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Trezeguet has so far featured for River Plate in 35 games and has found the back of the net 16 times.

The decision of the club management to keep Trezeguet out of the pre-season training squad might make fans unhappy as they absolutely love the 35 years old French veteran.