Watford have announced that striker Mauro Zárate has completed his return to Argentine club Vélez Sarsfield on a loan deal until the end of the season.
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Zárate had posted an Instagram video of his return to his homeland earlier in the month, but Watford stressed the paperwork was only wrapped up on Tuesday. The 30-year-old failed to score in the Premier League during his time at Watford, which was heavily disrupted by an cruciate ligament injury suffered shortly after he arrived from Fiorentina.
Zárate spent the first half of the season on loan at Al-Nasr, where he scored three goals in eight Arabian Gulf League appearances. The Argentine made his name at Vélez as a youngster and returned for a one-season spell in 2013-14 before moving to West Ham.