Fernando Belluschi signs for Newell’s on a free

Fernando Belluschi signs for Newell’s on a free

The 37-year-old started his career in Rosario with La Lepra, winning the title in 2004 before leaving for River Plate in 2006.

Newell’s Old Boys have confirmed that former Porto, Genoa and Olympiacos midfielder Fernando Belluschi has returned to the club where he made his professional debut in 2002.

Belluschi comes on a free after leaving his previous club Lanús where he made 17 appearances in all competitions.

The central midfielder scored 20 goals in 99 appearances in his first spell at Newell’s and was an important part of Américo Gallego’s team that won the Torneo Apertura in 2004. He left for River Plate before enjoying a career in Europe in his prime, winning domestic titles in Greece and Portugal including the 2010/2011 Europa League.

After a spell in Mexico with Cruz Azul, San Lorenzo brought him back to Argentina in 2016 where he notched up 16 goals in 110 games over four years.

His most recent spell at Lanús saw him struggle for game time and he’ll be most certainly used as a backup player at Newell’s too.

Undoubtedly, manager Frank Kudelka will be calling on Belluschi to help develop players like 18-year-old Juan Sforza who has just broke into the Newell’s first team and plays in Belluschi’s position.

Although his capture sends the average age of the current Newell’s squad up again, it can’t be a bad thing to have players like Belluschi, Maxi Rodríguez, Scocco and Pablo Pérez around to help the youngsters progress.

Like Maxi, Scocco and Pablo Pérez, Belluschi knows what it’s like to achieve success at Newell’s Old Boys.

Welcome back, Fernando!

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