Palermo rules out return home

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MARTIN PALERMO has insisted he wants to stay in European football after being frozen out at Villarreal.

The Argentine had been linked with a move home to former club Boca Juniors, but has now come forward to rule out a return to South America.

"I will not return to my country, I have received offers that I am grateful for, but it is impossible," said the 29-year-old.

"For now I have no intention of returning there, my idea has always been to continue in Europe and that is what I shall try to do."

Palermo is currently training in solitude after being told he has no future with The Yellow Submarines, but insists he does not hold any grudges against his current employers.

"I don't want to look for controversy nor make declarations on this matter," he continued.

"You shouldn't read too much into things. I shall keep working and see what happens.

"If I don't stay there will be time to say many things and if I stay there will be no need to say anything.

"I wanted to come here so people didn't think I was in Argentina doing nothing.

"I have worked hard, I am well and have not put on weight, and if an opportunity comes my way I am ready to take it."