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Jorge Andrade looking towards Juventus comeback

Jorge Andrade says he hopes to return to playing football at the highest level, as he continues to work towards his comeback from an injury-ridden last couple of years.

The 30-year-old has not played for 18 months, since damaging his knee three games after signing for Italian giants Juventus. The Portuguese international had hoped to return to action at the start of this season, only to suffer a relapse last summer while preparing for the new campaign.

It was Andrade’s fourth serious injury in a little over two years, as blows to his left knee saw the former Porto man miss both the 2006 World Cup in Germany and last summer’s European Championships, leading to genuine fears over his future in top-level football.

“Psychologically and physically, I could not be better,” he said of his progress. “The stage of crutches and other complications has passed, I am working more and more on the training pitch, the outlook is good. I am very happy.

“This is part of the profession, I look at it as such. The injuries came at times I did not want - before a World Cup and a European Championships - but I am trying to get back to playing as soon as possible. I have a lot of willpower to do so.

“Can I return to the highest level? Yes, of course. I am working for that and the recuperation is working towards that, to again give the positive impression I had given up until now. I expect it to happen. I am over the problems and I am looking ahead.”

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Andrade’s injury nightmare led to suggestions that Juventus were looking to terminate his contract, which runs until next summer, but the defender refutes those reports. “Juventus is my club. Every day I have done my physiotherapy, I have been thinking I am a Juventus player. This is my future. On the contrary to what was reported, I did not rescind my contract.

“I can say here with complete calm that my contract with Juventus is in power, nobody can rescind unilaterally and I am going to be a Juventus player up to the last day of my contract. I am going to continue to fight every day to come back to the highest level.

As a player and man known for his humility, Andrade refuses to look for sympathy for his plight, and hopes to return to action as soon as possible, although no specific date has been scheduled for his comeback to the game.

“I do not have a set date. I know it will be soon, but I don’t want to rush myself. I am entirely dedicated. In football, we work in a group, but I have to be a little selfish and dedicate myself to me, taking myself away from everything and everybody and concentrating only on the recuperation: the physiotherapy, the gym work and the swimming pool.

“Do I feel like an unlucky player? Unlucky is a player who hits the post with the last penalty of a European competition and loses the trophy. An unlucky player could not have had the career I have, which was always progressing: Amadora, FC Porto, Deportivo La Coruna, Selecao, Juventus.”
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I actually thought his contract was rescinded.

I'm pretty indifferent about his potential return, he could still be an asset or he could just fail to make any type of impact. Or he could just get injured again...
 

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The only problem with Andrade is that he has a salary that needs to be paid, and that in turn means that there's less to spend elsewhere.
It was never likely that he'd accept rescinding it unless there's an insurance guarantee kicking in so that he keeps the money he was promised. In his situation, most of us would feel the same. Redondo'ing the issue is rare...

I've heard that Juventus sought legal avenues to unilaterally rescind the contract on the grounds that Andrade had been 'incapacitated from honoring the contracts terms' or something like it. But I haven't heard of that being a success, and from this bit you'd imagine it wasn't.
 

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The only problem with Andrade is that he has a salary that needs to be paid, and that in turn means that there's less to spend elsewhere.
It was never likely that he'd accept rescinding it unless there's an insurance guarantee kicking in so that he keeps the money he was promised. In his situation, most of us would feel the same. Redondo'ing the issue is rare...

I've heard that Juventus sought legal avenues to unilaterally rescind the contract on the grounds that Andrade had been 'incapacitated from honoring the contracts terms' or something like it. But I haven't heard of that being a success, and from this bit you'd imagine it wasn't.
I'm surprised however, most contracts have some clause within it where you can unilaterally rescind it on grounds of the party not being able to honor their commitment for one reason or another. Especially in sports, where you're signing someone on for consecutive years at one go, and there's no guarantee they won't be affected by a career-ending injury.

Maybe i'm a cynic but i get the feeling that Andrade's motivation to be back in playing form at a certain period, has got a lot to do with a time threshold after which his contract would likely be nullified. It's likely to be more than the length of a season.

Anyhow, just one of Secco's f*ckups coming back to bite us in the gonads.
 

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a time threshold after which his contract would likely be nullified. It's likely to be more than the length of a season.
We're way past that point.

He's played 5 motherf*cking matchs since arriving. Last time he played an official game was September 23 2007. More than 18 months ago!
 

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Hmmm, wasn't he fit before getting injured again some time around January?
 

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i heard his salary was paid by their insurance company under some 10-game clause or something.

anyway, i'd imagine jorge andrade should be the last of our worries.....
 
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