BUENOS AIRES, July 22 (Xinhua) -- French-Argentinian soccer player David Trezeguet has joined Argentinian soccer club Newell's Old Boys, where he will serve as a reinforcement, the team announced Monday.
The 35-year-old forward will fill the vacancy left by Ignacio Scocco, scorer in the Closing Tournament won by Newell's, who was transferred to Brazil's Internacional team in the city of Porto Alegre.
Trezeguet, a champion in the 1998 France World Cup, comes to Newell's from River Plate after team's coach, Ramon Diaz, suddenly pulled the player from his lineup.
"It's a special day for me, because it gives me great satisfaction to come full circle, since a month ago River informed me I was not going to be part of their project and a month later I sign on with the current (league) champion," said Trezeguet.
Speaking at a press conference at Newell's headquarters in Rosario, 300 km from the capital Buenos Aires, Trezeguet stressed that "this institution has commanded great respect for the way it plays football, and for the way it does things, it showed it is up to the task."
Trezeguet said he was excited to be playing in the Copa Libertadores and about the possibility of arriving at "the 300 goal mark" in his professional career.
Born in France's northwestern city of Rouen, Trezeguet has signed a one-year lending contract and will now strive to be in top form, since undergoing surgery on his injured left knee on April 15.
In Newell's -- a team that was until recently coached by Gerardo Martino, who left to lead Spain's Barcelona, and is currently led by debuting coach Alfredo Berti -- Trezeguet will be partnering with midfielder Maximiliano Rodriguez and defender Gabriel Heinze, both of which are two-time World Cup participants.