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Paraguayan Iturbe loaned to Argentina's River

Posted on Jan 30, 07:14PM | IANS

Buenos Aires, Jan 30 : Paraguayan footballer Juan Manuel Iturbe from Portugal's FC Porto has been loaned to Argentina's River Plate on a six-month deal.

Iturbe, 19, announced the loan on Twitter, while River Plate's Vice President, Diego Turnes, also confirmed the news when interviewed by local radio station "La Red" Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

"We are all very glad because we reached an agreement. After long negotiations with Porto, we finally signed the player," said Turnes.

Iturbe played in Paraguay' s Cerro Porteno for several years. Previously, he had been part of Argentina' s Quilmes Atletico Club, where he had outstanding performances.

Iturbe is called the "Paraguayan Messi".

The Paraguayan star played the U-20 South American Championship in Argentina, which is currently in the final stage, but Paraguay was eliminated, the same as Brazil.