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Chances of Juninho moving to New York increases after Red Bulls release Rafael Márquez

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New York Red Bulls have announced they have released Mexican defender Rafael Márquez, a move that has increased speculation that Vasco da Gama captain Juninho Pernambucano is about to join the club.

Juninho, 37, who spent eight successful yeas in France with Olympique Lyonnais, is said to be considering a move away from São Januário given the clubs current financial difficulties.

And by New York Red Bulls releasing the former Barcelona star Márquez, they have freed up one of their designated player spots, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill occupy the other two, which means they can pay a salary over the MLS wage cap.

“This decision was taken in the interests of both sides. Rafa did a great deal to come here and is a high level player. We would like to thank him for the services he gave to the Red Bulls and wish him luck with the rest of his career,” announced Andy Roxburgh, sporting director of the club.

Márquez is rumoured to be joining Mexican side Leon, while Juninho is due to sit down with Vasco president Roberto Dinamite on Thursday to discuss his future.


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