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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 January, 2004, 16:56 GMT
Finidi returns to Mallorca
Finidi George
Finidi George gets a second crack at Spanish football
Veteran Nigerian midfielder Finidi George has joined Spanish first division outfit Real Mallorca for the second time in his career after a successful trial.

George - who has not played for six months - had been on trial with the club since December after being released by English First Division side Ipswich Town.

Ipswich had signed him from Mallorca when they were in the English Premiership in 2001.

"I am delighted to start 2004 with some good news," said George, who scored five times in 31 appearances for Mallorca between 2000 and 2001.

"I am dying to play a competitive match," added the Nigerian, who also played for Real Betis, notching up 37 goals in 130 games from 1996-2000 after leaving Uefa Champions League winners Ajax Amsterdam.

His return to Mallorca reunites him with Lluis Aragones, who was also his manager during his previous stint there.

But the Nigerian's signing led to the release of Serbian international Jovan Stankovic, as the club would have exceeded their quota of non-European Union players.

George featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.





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