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Ex-Argentina defender Basanta exits Monterrey

Xinhua
03 Jun 2020, 10:30 GMT+10

MEXICO CITY, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Former Argentina international center-back Jose Maria Basanta has parted ways with Monterrey, less than six months after helping the club to a fifth Liga MX title.

"Jose Basanta says goodbye to the club and does it at the top... Today a chapter in the history of the club called Jose Maria Basanta is closing," Monterrey said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old also leaves as a reigning continental champion, having played a part in the club's 2019 CONCACAF Champions League triumph.

He represented the club in two separate spells: from 2008 to 2014 and again from 2015 to 2020, making 295 first-team appearances and scoring 10 goals.

"The time has come to say goodbye," Basanta said on Instagram. "I've always dreamed of being a part of this club's history but I never thought the day would come when I had to leave. It's a difficult day for me," added the defender, who has been capped 12 times for Argentina.

According media reports in Argentina, Basanta could return to his original club Estudiantes.

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