Luciano Becchio bears no grudge towards Norwich City
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Luciano Becchio insists his Norwich City nightmare was not why he turned his back on English football as he prepares to fulfil his dream with hometown club Belgrano.
The 31-year-old Argentine made just 16 appearances and failed to score a senior goal in a City shirt, but the man already christened 'The Lion' by supporters of the Cordoba-based outfit revealed he was still in demand in this country before opting for a fairytale return to his birthplace.
Becchio is in line for a top flight debut in next week's Primera Division fixture against Argentinos after cutting short his ill-fated stay in Norfolk.
The powerful frontman has never played in Argentina's domestic top flight after a nomadic club career that included spells in Spain before carving out his reputation in a prolific stint at Leeds.
'I did not have to think too much. After 10 years in Europe I always had the dream of playing in Belgrano,' he said. 'Financially, I had other offers but most importantly for me is that my family and I wanted a shot at Belgrano. I am coming to a team that is doing very well and my idea is to adapt to a different football, but I don't think I'll have any problems.'
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Becchio is ready to bolster his new club's title push against the likes of River Plate and Boca Juniors as the domestic league prepares to resume following a break for the Copa America, despite an injury-hit end to his Norwich career when he fractured his heel on loan at Rotherham.
''That will be decided by the coach whether I can play 90 minutes or not,' he said. 'I will be available and I'll try to be ready for the opener. Then I will abide by what the coach says. The truth is that I'm adapting well, the guys have welcomed me with open arms. It is a tight-knit group, so I am very happy.'
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