Mönchengladbach - Following the recent announcement that he would be leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach, Juan Arango has joined Mexico's Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente.

The 34-year-old Venezuelan playmaker thus returns to the country where he first played abroad 14 years ago with CF Monterrey. “We're very proud and happy that Juan spent five years here with us. He's a fantastic footballer, who's given us a lot of joy and scored many a wonderful goal,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said. “Now he has the opportunity to link up with his former coach and mentor in Mexico on a longer-term contract, which is something we couldn't offer him. We wish him all the best at his new club.”

Old acquaintances

Xolos earned promotion to the Mexican top flight in 2011 and won the championship just 18 months later. Their coach Cesar Farias is best acquainted with Arango and his deadly left foot, having been in charge of the Venezuelan national team from 2007-2013.