Palermo’s sporting director, Walter Sabatini, suggested recently that Corinthians striker Ronaldo would be welcome at the club, if he were to return to the Serie A.
Despite his age, physical fitness and
recent history in Italy,
the Sicilians seemed as if they would be genuinely interested to take on the legendary forward, who has rediscovered himself since returning to Brazil.
However, the club’s
outspoken president, Maurizio Zamparini, has killed off any hope that any fan of
the club had in this taking place, as he has claimed that Sabatini was joking
when making such comments.
“Ronaldo? Sabatini was making a joke, and
someone went and wrote it in the newspapers,” Zamparini declared in an
interview with MelitoOnline.
“Here at Palermo we have adopted a policy that clearly
states our focus on young players.
“Unfortunately for Ronaldo, and for us,
he is no longer a young person.”
To close the interview, the president was
asked about any future transfers that the club may make in the upcoming
He responded, “There are many players who want to come
to Palermo, and
others who don’t, however when it comes to these sorts of issues, speak with Sabatini,
as he is in charge of the transfer market at this club.”
Palermo host Cagliari this weekend in what promises to be an intriguing
affair at the Renzo Barbera stadium.
Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com