Juninho quits New York Red Bulls

Rio de Janeiro, July 4 (IANS) Former Lyon and Brazil international midfielder Juninho has quit the New York Red Bulls, just six months after joining the Major League Soccer club.

The 38-year-old confirmed his departure on Facebook, citing differences with coach Mike Pekte as a major reason for the decision, reports Xinhua.

“I wasn’t playing at the level I know I can and my relationship with the coach made things even more difficult,” Juninho said.

“I decided it was in everybody’s interests to leave now. As far as my future is concerned, I still have to think about it. As soon as I make a decision I will make it known.”

Juninho, a renowned free-kick specialist who was a key member of the Lyon team that won seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles from 2002 to 2008, said he bore no grudge against the Red Bulls.

“I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to enjoy the MLS. At the same time I want to thank the staff and fans of the club who always treated me well. I wish my teammates all the best for the future.”

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