Mauro Zarate has had a very varied career.
Starting with Velez Sarsfield in his native Argentina, the then highly rated youngster made a somewhat unusual decision, joining Al Sadd. From there, things continued on a strange path, with a loan move to Birmingham City.
A loan to Lazio followed, which was turned permanent, and he then went on another loan, to Inter Milan, before returning to Velez Sarsfield and then signing for West Ham.
Then came a loan to QPR, a permanent transfer to Fiorentina, a move on the same basis to Watford, loans to Al Nasr and Velez Sarsfield followed, and he’s now ended up at Boca Juniors.
The 33 year old has been speaking to Argentina’s TyC Sports about his career and some regrets, one of which was leaving Fiorentina for Watford.
Zarate explained: “I went, I earned a place and showed a great level. Soon Naty (his wife) got sic, and I was not very understood by the coach. That blocked me and I couldn’t cope with the situation. I knew that in three more months he was leaving and I had three more years of contract. I couldn’t take it and left, very sad because I didn’t want to leave.”
The exit is a ‘regret’ for Zarate, and he failed to have an impact at Watford. A cruciate ligament injury played a big part in the Hornets transfer turning out badly, but it was just another short stop in the player’s career.