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Sosa returns to Pumas, Juninho retires after long Liga MX career

Monterrey, Mexico, Dec 11 (efe-epa).- Argentine Ismael Sosa is leaving the Liga MX's Tigres UANL and returning to the Pumas UNAM, where he played from 2014 to 2016.

The 31-year-old Sosa, a native of San Martin, Argentina, will not stay with the Tigres due to the limited playing time he had, appearing in just four matches in the 2018 Apertura tournament under Brazilian coach Ricardo Ferretti, sources close to the club told EFE.

Pachuca and the Pumas have made offers to Sosa to join their clubs.

Pachuca is offering more money, but Sosa told his agent to reach a deal with the Pumas no later than Tuesday even if the pay is lower because he has warm feelings for the club.

Sosa made his professional debut with Superliga Argentina club Independiente in 2005 and later played for San Martin de San Juan, as well as for clubs in Chile and Turkey.

The versatile forward went to Mexico in 2014 to join the Pumas, playing for the club in the 2015 Apertura final against the Tigres. He earned a spot on the team with his outstanding performance and won three league titles while playing with the Pumas.

Another essential player for the Tigres was 36-year-old Brazilian Juninho, who visited the team at practice on Monday to say goodbye to teammates a week after announcing his retirement.

Juninho started his career in 2002 and spent the past eight years as the captain of the Tigres, with whom he won four Liga MX titles and a Copa Mexico championship.

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