Gabriel Heinze was already at the veteran stage of his football career when he was released in the summer of 2011 at the age of 33. He had spent two years at the French club with a return of seven goals in 58 league outings.
Italian capital club AS Roma signed Gabriel Heinze on a free transfer shortly after his exit at Marseille at the end of June 2011. He officially joined AS Roma on July 22, 2011, but didn’t play his first competitive game for the Italian Serie A outfit until September.
Gabriel Heinze played his first game for AS Roma during the Italian Serie A clash with Cagliari on September 11, 2011. Heinze could not save Roma from a 2-1 defeat at home to Cagliari on the occasion of his debut for the capital club.
Heinze was given a one-year deal when he signed for AS Roma with the option of another year if a condition was met. The said condition was if the Argentine star plays at least 25 games for the club in his first season. Gabriel Heinze fulfilled the 25-game condition and was handed an extra year on March 19, 2012. Roma then made a dramatic u-turn on the new one-year contract for Heinze five months later when it was announced that the player would be leaving Roma with immediate effect via the club’s official website. The statement on the website stated that Heinze has been released from his AS Roma contract. He would go on to join boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys a day after his release at AS Roma. Heinze put pen to paper on a two-year deal when he signed for Newell’s Old Boys.At AS Roma, Heinze was not prolific as he failed to score in 30 appearances in the Italian Serie A.