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Jose Torrealba might not have had the exit he would have liked from South African soccer, but he says that he leaves with mostly positive memories.

The Venezuelan international has returned to his homeland, penning a one-year deal with Primera Division club Atletico Club Mineros de Guayana after having his contract at Kaizer Chiefs terminated.

The decision to part ways with the 30-year-old striker surprised many, especially as he had just recently signed a new one-year deal, and with Chiefs needing suitable back-up for Knowledge Musona.

Torrealba suggests that his exit at Chiefs had something to do with his relationship with coach Vladimir Vermezovic.

“I don’t know why the coach left me out; only he will know it and I was not going to ask him,” Torrealba told KickOff.com.

“I know another player who was not playing who went to him to ask why he was not playing, and after that he started giving him some game-time.”

But Torrealba insists it is not only his lack of action that contributed to his decision.

“I am going home for three reasons: one being my wife who is pregnant and she wants us to be closer to the family. The second is because I was not playing at Chiefs, meaning I was not enjoying myself and my football.

“Thirdly, and more importantly, is because not playing regularly at a club keeps me from being considered for my national team. There is Copa America coming up and I want to be a part of it.”

Torrealba suggest that he might return to South Africa at some stage – but for now he needs to go home and ‘refresh’.

“I am leaving with good memories and have only positive things to take home,” he insisted. “I believe that bad things happen for a reason, and from those things you can only get stronger. Hopefully I will come back, but I do need this time to go home and refresh.”

Source: Goal.com

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