thumbnail Hello,

The former Juventus forward will continue his career in India after two seasons with Sydney FC in the A-League

Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed on his official Facebook page that he has signed a four-month deal with Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos.

The former Italy international has also been confirmed as the brand ambassador of the two-and-a-half-month long tournament.

Goal had earlier exclusively reported Del Piero's move to Delhi Dynamos, which was to be officially announced on Thursday in India - the same day the ISL was formally launched.

"The contract was to be signed over the weekend. However, a few issues needed to be ironed out. He (Del Piero) was lured not just by the Delhi deal but also the fact that he was to be the face of the new league in India," a source close to the development informed Goal on Thursday.

Del Piero also discussed the rocky relationship between India and Italy, with two Italian marines still awaiting trial in the Asian country after allegedly killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012.

"I know that my choice to go and play in India has raised some doubts about the relationship between Italy and India, related to the story of the two marines held there," the former Juventus and Sydney FC striker said.

"Said that, I don't think about being the only Italian, who has relations with India for professional reasons, I know that what I do has an impact on broader media: I would gratefully accept the responsibilities that my role entails."

The 2006 World Cup winner also stressed that sport should be used to united rather than divide.

"In this case I am aware and satisfied with my choice, I'm not going to a country "hostile" and the last thing I would want is an exploitation of my role, and especially that sport becomes a means used to divide rather than to unite," he said.

"Being an Italian, as all my fellow countrymen, I am not insensitive to the story of our marines and I hope you come soon to a positive conclusion for them, and that is the most just."

The all-time Juventus top scorer added that he wanted to bring a positive message to India through the sport of football.

"I'm a football player, I will go to India to play football, to honor my sport and doing what's right now are happy to do: bring a positive message combined with values of sport and to the spread of football in countries far from the traditional routes. Like India with its "Indian Super League"."

As per contractual obligations the former Italy international is expected to make at least four-to-five promotional appearances for the league organisers.

Del Piero scored 208 goals in 513 appearances for Juventus before spending the past two seasons in the A-League with Sydney FC, where he hit the back of the net 24 times in 48 matches.

The 39-year-old has joined the likes of Luis Garcia, David James and former Juventus team-mate David Trezeguet as marquee players for the inaugural ISL season.

 

Related

From the web