Albert Riera makes a return to his childhood club Mallorca
April 24, 2015
In April of 2014, Albert Riera was named as the player of the year of the Australian side Wellington Phoenix. The Spanish winger helped out Phoenix in getting a top 5 spot in the Australian League in this season but now the club will have to cope without having Riera as the player completed his move to Mallorca.
Riera signed a one and a half year long deal with the club where he used to perform in at the age of 17.
After it was confirmed that Albert Riera had completed his move to Mallorca, the veteran player stated that he does not want to relive going through a similar experience that he lived with Udinese. Rumors claim that Riera was sacked from the Italian side Udinese after the player attended a poker tournament and missed a Serie A match against Chievo Verona.
Albert Riera rejected those rumors as the players said that everything was false. A few days after Riera was released by Udinese, the Spanish player sent a message through his twitter account which stated: ‘’ Udinese is the worst club I’ve joined’’
Because of his negative experience playing with Udinese, the player is not interested in joining an Italian club.
At the age of 33, Riera is reaching the last few seasons of his career and the player is hoping that he can spend these years by performing consistently with Mallorca and hopefully even help the club make a return to the top tier league in Spain, La Liga.
Mallorca is currently positioned in the bottom spots of the Segunda Division which is the 2nd tier league of Spain. Even at his elevated age, Riera is eager on getting regular playing time and feel like an actual player after having gone through such an underwhelming time with Udinese.