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Aristeguieta looking to compete for FC Nantes

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The enigmatic striker has returned to Nantes and is looking to stay and compete for a starting job, making a return to Philadelphia doubtful.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It appears ever less likely that Venezuelan striker Fernando Aristeguieta will return to the Philadelphia Union. In a report by Adrien Chauvin for 90min.com, Aristeguieta speaks well of his time in Philadelphia but clearly is looking to stay at Nantes.

"I think I'm a better player and a better person I progressed I intend to work and impose myself here..." Aristeguieta said. The article breaks down the striker situation at Nantes, which is dire. They rank next to last in goals scored, scoring only 14 goals in 19 games, and are currently in thirteenth place - but only five points clear of relegation. Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was brough in during the July transfer window, however has only scored one goal in his 14 games - hardly justifying his €3.5 million transfer fee to AFC Ajax. There's speculation that Sigthorsson would move to Galatasaray in Turkey's Super Lig, which would further open the door for Aristeguieta to compete for the job.

The biggest question may be whether Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian would give Aristeguieta the chance at the job. Der Zakarian loaned Aristeguieta to Philadelphia because he did not figure in the first team plans, although in all fairness he was behind Serge Gakpe, whose four years with Nantes saw him play in 124 games and score 22 goals.