The 35-year-old reportedly had offers from the Middle East, Europe, Mexico and from other clubs in Argentina.
Ball-playing central defender Santiago Gentiletti who excelled in his first season at Newell’s Old Boys has agreed to stay at the club for another season and see out the 2-year contract he signed in 2019.
Gentiletti, who came to Newell’s from Albacete in Spain, had hesitated in committing to La Lepra for the 2020-2021 season after interest from other clubs and he wasn’t part of the group who resumed training in Rosario at the start of this week.
However, on Saturday the club released an official communication announcing that Gentiletti had decided to stay at Newell’s and would resume training with the rest of the squad next week.
Gentiletti formed a solid centre back partnership with Cristian Lema under Newell’s manager Frank Kudelka last season as the club qualified for the Copa Sudamericana, improving massively on the previous two campaigns.
While Gentiletti will be back in the red and black next season, it remains to be seen if his partnership with Lema will continue.
Lema has returned to parent club Benfica after a successful spell on-loan at Newell’s but the club has made it clear that they would now like to sign him permanently. His price tag will likely dictate if that will become a reality as Newell’s Old Boys wait for the Portuguese club to engage with negotiations.