Riquelme to remain at Boca

Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme insists he is happy to stay at La Bombonera until next summer, seemingly signalling an end to speculation linking him with a return to Europe in January.

The 31-year-old Argentina international - who recently fell out with national team boss Diego Maradona - has made more than 200 league appearances for the Buenos Aires giants either side of a five-year stint in Spain.

After a season at Barcelona, Riquelme moved on to Villarreal, where he netted 36 la Liga goals in 106 outings for the Yellow Submarine, helping them reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2006, in which he missed a penalty against Arsenal.

Recent reports have linked the veteran with a return to Europe, with Manchester City believed to be keen to add the midfielder to their South American collection alongside Pablo Zabaleta, Carlos Tevez, Robinho and Sylvinho.

However, Riquelme has since moved to quash talk of him leaving his boyhood club again, revealing he is content to stay put for the rest of the season under returning coach Alfio Basile.

"My agent has said that he has received various offers," he said.

"That made me happy, but I will remain here until 30 June next year. I have an agreement with Boca."