Trezeguet set to join Argentina’s River Plate

Former France international and World Cup winner David Trezeguet

is on the verge of signing for River Plate to play in the second

division of Argentine football.

The 34-year-old former Juventus forward, who was born in France

to Argentine parents, underwent medical tests in Buenos Aires on

Friday. He expects to finalize the deal on Monday.

River was relegated to the second division for the first time in

its 110-year history last season.

Although Trezeguet is well past his prime, the signing still

represents a publicity coup for River, which has won more domestic

championships than any other club in Argentina. River has won 33

first-division titles, 10 more than archrival Boca Juniors.

River must finish in the top two at the end of the 38-game

season in the Primera B Nacional to automatically return to the top

flight. The club is currently second after 18 matches, two points

behind leader Instituto de Cordoba.

”I think that in this difficult time for River, to be able to

give an important hand at this moment could be good and very

interesting for the club,” Trezeguet said in an interview

published on River’s official website, accompanied by pictures of

the striker touring the Bombonera stadium with club president

Daniel Passarella.

”I want to form part of the history of this club and I think

everything is in place to do it,” Trezeguet added. ”There’s just

one objective and that’s getting promoted to the first

division.”

The striker has also played for Monaco in France and scored the

winning ‘golden goal’ in the European Championship final against

Italy in 2000, two years after helping Les Bleus win the World Cup

as the host nation.

He spent his childhood in Argentina and came through the ranks

at Platense.

After leaving Spanish club Hercules in the summer, Trezeguet has

been playing in the United Arab Emirates with Baniyas.