A trio of La Liga clubs are chasing the signature of free agent Esteban Cambiasso, according to talkSPORT.
The former Real Madrid midfielder was released by Inter Milan at the end of the 2013/14 season, after 10 trophy-filled years at the San Siro.
Cambiasso was believed to be in favour of a move back to his native Argentina and old club River Plate, but now reportedly would prefer to stay in Europe.
La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are said to be chasing the 33-year-old, with manager Diego Simeone keen to link up with his former international team-mate, while Valencia and Villarreal are also reportedly on the radar.
They are fighting interest from another fellow countryman in Mauricio Pochettino, who was recently appointed the new coach of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
Cambiasso’s contract expired last month after a decade with I Nerazzurri, where he won five consecutive Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias as well as a UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
All of this came after he had previously spent two seasons in Spain’s top division at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he played 65 times in all competitions and scored one goal.
He did have a spell with Los Blancos at youth level after impressing with Argentinos Juniors.
18-year-old Cambiasso then returned to his homeland as he signed with Independiente, where good performances earned him his first international call-up in 2000.
After three years, he moved to River Plate for a single season and scored 12 times as he won his first league championship.
Real came calling again at the time when their Galacticos policy was booming, and he won the UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup within months of signing. Cambiasso then secured back-to-back league titles at the end of the 2002/03 season, before adding the Supercopa de Espana during the following campaign.
Inter Milan legacy
Inter snapped him up after his contract ran out in Madrid, and he won his first Coppa Italia in 2005. 2005/06 saw him add the Supercoppa Italiana to his collection, along with another Coppa Italia and his first Serie A title after Juventus were stripped of the crown – making it the third country in which he has won a domestic trophy.
Another three followed in consecutive seasons as well as another Supercoppa Italiana, before 2009/10 brought his best season yet under Jose Mourinho.
The domestic title and cup arrived in typical style, while Cambiasso played a pivotal role in his team’s run to the UEFA Champions League final, where he played the full match as Inter beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Bernabeu.
Following the departure of Mourinho, the trophies did not fall so freely although he still managed to win another Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia as well as the FIFA Club World Cup the following campaign.
In all, he has won 20 trophies at club level, including 15 with Inter after 429 appearances and 51 goals.
He also won 52 caps and scored five times for his country, who he represented at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also scored the goal of the tournament in Germany following a 24-pass move, but was controversially overlooked by Diego Maradona for the 2010 finals.
A move to La Liga looks like what will probably be Cambiasso’s last big transfer.
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