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Creative striker will remain in his homeland...

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has declared that Fabrizio Miccoli will not leave the club for Birmingham City.

The diminutive striker had been tipped to join the Premier League side in a £4.1 million (€5m) switch which would see him earn £2m a year, with the Rosanero hierarchy stressing they would not stand in the way of a transfer.

But Zamparini has now indicated that Miccoli will not move away from Palermo, who plan to keep the former Juventus man for many years.

"Fabrizio Miccoli will remain at Palermo. The press conference tomorrow will erase any doubt about our captain's stay," Zamparini told

"Yesterday, I met wtih Miccoli and reiterated the esteem and confidence of our partnership. He was a bit worried about the knee injury he sustained.

"I told him to wait because we consider him a determinant piece of our project. I saw that he became much more comfortable."

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