Fernando Gago has contract rescinded by Boca Juniors

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-15 10:55:44|Editor: Li Xia
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BUENOS AIRES, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Former Real Madrid and Argentina international midfielder Fernando Gago had his contract rescinded by Boca Juniors on Thursday, casting fresh doubt over the injury-prone 32-year-old's future.

The announcement came as Gago recovers from a right Achilles tendon injury suffered during Boca's Copa Libertadores final defeat to River Plate in December.

The Buenos Aires club's president, Daniel Angelici, told reporters that the decision was mutual between the player and the club.

"We are going to rescind the contract with Gago. It will be an agreement between the parties and also a recognition to Fernando for his career," Angelici said.

"He is a player who came from our youth ranks and we do this with pain but due to repeated injuries he decided to step aside. We hope he remains linked to the club because the doors are open for him."

Gago, who returned to his boyhood club from Spain's Valencia in 2013, had 18 months remaining on his Boca contract.

The playmaker has shied away from media interviews in recent months and is understood to be reluctant to retire, despite a series of injuries that have taken a punishing toll on his body.

Among them are two previous left Achilles tendon tears, suffered in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in 2017.

Gago has been capped 61 times for Argentina and was a part of the Albiceleste team that finished runners-up to Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.