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Riquelme turned down Tottenham for Boca return

Juan Roman Riquelme has revealed he turned down an offer from Tottenham before agreeing to move back to Boca Juniors. The Argentina midfielder has not made an appearance for Villarreal this season after falling out with coach Manuel Pellegrini and has finally got his wish to quit the Primera Liga high-fliers. Villarreal officials are currently in South America negotiating his transfer to Boca after Riquelme rejected a move to White Hart Lane. He said: 'I thank them (Tottenham) for their interest but my family and I want to return home.' The gifted playmaker, 29, is now hoping he can put his troubles at El Madrigal behind him, play regular football and secure a place in the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup. He has played a starring role in his country's World Cup qualifiers this season despite a lack of competitive club football. 'I am a simple person and all I want is to play football every Sunday,' Riquelme added. 'This move is the only chance I have to play at the next World Cup, which is the thing that motivates me most. 'People should know that of the three parties I am the one who has made the biggest effort and that I have offered to play a year for free with Boca. 'I have also told Villarreal they do not have to pay me what they owe me for another year and a half.'