Centre-back Gaby Milito has been released on a free transfer by Barcelona, and has immediately joined former club Independiente.
Milito joined Real Zaragoza from Independiente back in 2003, and made his name as a tough-tackling centre-back strong in the air, with keen positioning off the ball and composure on it. He went on to captain the Aragonese side.
After four seasons at the club, he moved on to Barcelona for a fee of €18.5m. However, a series of injury struggles saw the 30-year-old make just 48 appearances in four campaigns. After making 26 League appearances in his first season with the Blaugrana, an anterior cruciate ligament injury in May 2008 ruled him out of action for over 18 months, and saw him make just a further 17 League appearances before this summer.
Linked with a move in January, Barcelona opted to keep the player, but in light of Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal’s return to full fitness and Andreu Fontas’ promotion from the B team, the Catalans are happy to release the Argentine centre-back to return home.