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Barkero rejects MLS offers for Real Zaragoza move

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2013

Former Levante midfielder José Javier Barkero opts to stay in Spain, after receiving offers from as far afield as the USA.

BarkeroReal Zaragoza have made an important addition to their squad ahead of the new season, as they look to bounce back to the Primera at the first attempt.

On Friday, less than a day after his contract with Levante was rescinded, José Javier Barkero agreed terms with Real Zaragoza for a two-year contract.

The 34-year-old Barkero caused a stir at Levante when he publicly accused fellow players of not trying, amidst a betting scandal at the club towards the end of last season. Causing tension in the changing room amongst his colleagues and even the threat of legal action from Sergio Ballesteros, this effectively ended any chance of the Barkero being offered a new deal, as Levante began to shake things up and draw a line under the scandal.

Numerous offers arrived for Barkero, as the player held talks with MLS clubs in the United States, namely the Seattle Sounders. Ultimately, however, he has decided he would rather remain in Spain.

Having scored 5 goals in 29 appearances in La Liga for Levante last season, Real Zaragoza will be keen to see a repeat of his form on the pitch, rather than off it, with the player being seen as a key component of their push for promotion from Liga Adelante.

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