Ex-marquee player Wagner signs for top Argentine club

Ex-marquee player Wagner signs for top Argentine club
Tampines’ marquee signing Martin Wagner (above) this season played only 742 minutes before terminating his contract.

SINGAPORE - A flop here, but good enough for a contract at one of Argentina's most illustrious teams.

That's the curious story of former Tampines Rovers import Martin Wagner, who left the S-League in June after seeing just 742 minutes of action this season.

The New Paper learnt that the 28-yearold has since signed for Argentinos Juniors.

Argentinos are leading the Primero Division, Argentina's top division, and are famous for producing a certain Diego Maradona.

Juan Riquelme, Fabricio Coloccini, Esteban Cambiasso and Wagner's favourite player, Fernando Redondo, are some of the other illustrious names that came through Argentinos' academy.

Wagner told The New Paper: "To be at the first club of Redondo and Maradona, I cannot describe how happy I am."

The defensive midfielder's agent, Martin Prest, explained that new Argentinos Juniors coach Ricardo Lombardi, who coached Wagner at Racing Club in 2009, asked about his availability soon after being appointed at the Argentine club.

Prest, who also counts former Spain striker Dani Guiza as a client, blamed former Tampines coach Nenad Bacina for Wagner's ill-fated spell in the S-League.

"I was surprised at how the Tampines coach then didn't allow Martin to play to his full potential," said the agent.

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