Di Natale coy over retirement plans

Quotes from the Udinese striker claiming he would retire after Euro 2012 had surfaced, but he has since put the record straight and insists that his sole focus is on the Friuliani
Antonio Di Natale has refused to be drawn on speaking about his future after the Udinese forward previously hinted that he would hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Following the Zebrette's 2-0 success over Genoa on Sunday, the 34-year-old surprisingly revealed that he would retire from football once his Euro 2012 campaign with Italy over the summer reached its conclusion.

Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin declined to comment on his forward's claims after the match, but Di Natale has now backtracked on what he originally told reporters, stating that he is only thinking about his team's pursuit of third place in Serie A.

"I will only speak of Udinese's pursuit of a Champions League place," Di Natale was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We have always quietly gone about our business for third place. [Featuring in the Champions League] would be an [amazing] experience for the entire city, but it is not over yet.

"We now must go to Catania and earn a point.

"I have enjoyed my time with Udinese, but you will see what happens soon."

Udinese only need a draw in their trip to the Angelo Massimino to secure Italy's final Champions League qualifying berth, as they possess a superior head-to-head record with Lazio.