Bruno Zuculini’s big move to Europe just hasn’t worked out so far and Diario Olé report that he has a ‘huge desire’ to return to his former side Racing Club.
Racing want to sign Zuculini on loan for at least six months, which would bolster their ranks for the upcoming Copa Libertadores. The challenge for Zuculini, now 22 and craving regular football, and Racing is convincing City, who would prefer he stay in Europe. City have yet to agree to anything despite a full agreement between Zuculini and Racing, but with the player’s desire so strong he could be granted a return to La Academia with his Middlesbrough loan up today.
City signed Zuculini from Racing for around £1.5m in 2014 and he arrived to a fair bit of hype. He was described as one of Argentina’s best young midfielders and there were even reports of him having an outside chance of going to the World Cup.
Zuculini showed promise in his first pre-season at City, but loan spells to La Liga clubs Valencia and Córdoba were hugely disappointing. This season, City decided to test him in the Championship and he joined high-flyers Middlesbrough on loan in October. Again though, despite some bright signs early on, he has struggled and has managed just six appearances – the most recent a 6 minute cameo against Brighton on December 19.
Zuculini’s wish is clear – he wants to return to the Club where he grew up. Now City must decide whether to persist with him in Europe or essentially admit defeat on him as a potential first teamer by sending him back to Argentina.