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Ex-United midfielder comes back out of retirement to play again

by Tom Parker

Juan Sebastian Veron has made a surprise return to professional football after signing a one year contract with an Argentinian outfit Estudiantes.

Veron called time on a decorated playing career in 2012 and took up the role of sporting director with Estudiantes last season as well as serving as the clubs technical director.

But the 38-year-old has made a surprise turnaround and has announced his decision to play one more season for a club he first represented 20 years ago.

Speaking about the move to Radio Del Plataearlier, Veron said: “I don’t think I’m in the form of that time (in 2009) when we won the Libertadores Cup, but I’m just as motivated because I love playing football.”

And in a really nice move, Veron will donate his salary to improving the club’s youth setup.

Veron was one of the most controversial buys of the Ferguson era as a £28 million signing from an all-conquering Lazio side. He arrived with a huge reputation and perhaps struggled to live up to his billing, finding it incredible difficult to establish himself ahead of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

The midfielder only lasted two seasons for United before moving on to Chelsea for £15 million in 2003. Despite this, he did put in some impressive displays in his second term before suffering a season ending injury and is looked upon fondly by the clubs fans – least not for some cracking goals he scored for United.


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