Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Del Piero could be set for swansong at Sion


(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Alessandro Del Piero could be
set for a swansong at Swiss side Sion after ex-Italy teammate
Gennaro Gattuso urged the ex-Juventus great to join him across
the Alps.
Gattuso, 34, recently joined Sion from AC Milan where he
won two Serie A titles, two Champions League trophies and a Club
World Cup during his 13-year stint at Silvio Berlusconi's club.
At Sion since June, Gattuso has been appointed captain and
has led his side to the top of the Swiss championship after
seven games.
'In the last few days Rino phoned Ale, who asked for
information about the place, the lifestyle and the club's
ambitions,' according to sources close to the possible deal.
'Gattuso talked up the Swiss city, the set-up and the club,
showing great enthusiasm and transmitting that to Ale'.
The 37-year-old Del Piero, linked earlier this summer to
Brazilian clubs Flamengo and Sao Paulo as well as Tottenham in
the Premier League and Malaga in La Liga, knows that Sion's
prospects are more modest than those he might have expected at a
bigger club.
But he is nonetheless considering following in the
footsteps of ex-Juve greats Pietro Anastasi and Marco Tardelli,
who saw out the twilight of their careers on the other side of
the Alps, as well as Fiorentina legend Giancarlo Antognoni, who
played for Lausanne before finally hanging up his boots at the
end of the 1980s.
Negotiations are still in the preliminary stage, persons
close to the deal said Tuesday.
After Juventus let him go following 19 years with them in
June, Del Piero ruled out playing for another team in Italy.
During his time with the Turin side, Del Piero helped them
to win six Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, a Champions League
crown and an Intercontinental Cup and to return to the top
flight after they were relegated in 2006 for involvement in the
Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

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