Gilardino flattered by Roma interest

The 30-year-old expresses his delight at being linked with some of Italy's leading clubs this summer but will not decide his future until he returns from his holiday
Genoa forward Alberto Gilardino admits that he is flattered by speculation linking him with a move to Roma this summer.

The 30-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from some of Italy's leading clubs after impressing during a loan spell with Bologna last season, netting 13 times in 37 appearances.

However, both the Giallorossi and Inter are said to have been alerted by the Rossoblu's failure to secure a permanent deal for the centre forward and, while Gilardino concedes it is a "pleasure" to be linked to such clubs, he says that his future will not be resolved until after his holidays.

"Every time your name is put up alongside big teams it is pleasure," he told reporters. "Now I am going on holiday and we will see what will happen when I return."

The former AC Milan striker, whose contract at Stadio Luigi Ferraris expires in 2016, spent much of June with Italy in the Confederations Cup, in which Cesare Prandelli's men finished third.