Italy Star Mauro Camaronesi Set For Argentina Return

John Tilghman Correspondent IJanuary 28, 2011

Camoranesi in action at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Camoranesi in action at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

2006 World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi has cut his ties with German club Stuttgart and will return over the weekend to his native Argentina, where he will finish his career. 

Despite having offers from clubs in Spain, Italy, Russia, and various sides in the Middle East, the former Juventus star is set to take a pay-cut and return to his country of birth. 

The 34 year-old had his beginnings at Mar del Plata outfit Aldosivi in 1995 before moving to Mexico with Santos Laguna and later Uruguay where he played with Montevideo Wanderers.

Success abroad opened a door for another chance in Argentina, and the creative midfielder became a star during one season at Banfield before returning to Mexico with Cruz Azul. 

At this point in time, a future international career seemed unlikely for Camoranesi, but after a success spell with Verona, the winger was bought buy Juventus in 2002 before making his debut for Italy in 2003. 

Overall, Camoranesi played well over 200 times for Juventus and represented Italy on 55 occasions, including starting the World Cup Final in 2006 against France, which saw Italy lift its fourth world championship. 

At South Africa 2010, Mauro was again present in the Italy squad, although the team flopped and was knocked out after the group stage. 

After the World Cup, Camoranesi first made clear his desire to return to his homeland with River Plate, but after talks broke down between his representatives and club president Daniel Passarella, he moved to Stuttgart with whom he was never able to make a starting place his own. 

Now, after breaking his contract with the German side, Camoranesi will return to Argentina over the weekend where he will determine his future. 

"I will go where they want me," the ex-Juve star told Argentine radio."I'm not going to go to a place where they don't need me. I'm going to go lend a hand to a club that needs one." 

The main candidate appears to be River Plate, but after less than successful talks with Passarella during the last transfer window, it appears that the situation could be difficult. 

The talented winger has already spoken to River coach J.J. Lopez and captain Matias Almeyda about the club's situation, and it is clear Camoranesi has strong desire to play for the club of which he is a fan.

Unfortunately for him, the decision won't be his, but rather Passarella's.

Other sides joining the race include Lanus, ironically the archrival of his former club Banfield, and Racing, one of the favorites for the title. 

Led by Colombia international Giovanni Moreno, Racing has been one of the most attractive sides in Argentina, and the addition of Camoranesi would give the squad much needed experience. 

As clubs begin to wrestle for his signature, Camoranesi has made it clear, "The only sure thing is that I will see my family." 

It is expected the situation will be settled upon the player's arrival in Buenos Aires this weekend.