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Di Natale : “Retirement In June? We’ll See”


antonio-di-nataleAntonio Di Natale joined Udinese in 2004 after playing for Empoli. The Italian legend ended his International career not long ago and he is almost ready to hang up his boots for good.

Di Natale gave a lengthy interview for Corriere dello Sport, talking about his future as well as his past. “It is a great honour to be among the greatest strikers… it means I’ve done something good with my career…Now I’m targeting Alessandro Del Piero’s tally. I am only four goals off. I’m in a group of extraordinary players with Francesco Totti, Beppe Signori and Roberto Baggio. To see my name there too is a weird feeling.”

He continued on by mentioning his future regarding his expected retirement at this season’s finish. “Will I retire in June? We’ll see. For now I am useful to Udinese and my goals can still be handy. I am of a certain age and cannot disguise that, but I have until June to help Udinese stay in Serie A. I still want to score a few more goals, then I’ll see how I feel… When I do retire, I’ll go seeking lads who are chasing a dream and help them achieve it. I don’t know if I’d be a Coach, but certainly a director at a youth sector. It would also be useful for the Italy side, as with all the foreign players here it’s important someone seeks out local talent. It would be like a return to the past for me, going back to where I started.”

Di Natale concluded his interview, touching upon his impressive loyalty to Udinese. “I played in the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, two European Championships and a World Cup. I could’ve won more elsewhere, but I made my choice and I do not regret it. I’d do it all over again. I think of Totti, who could’ve left Roma to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, but instead he won’t move. I made the same choice and I am happy. Football is my life, but I always counted on doing it my way, without changing it. Udinese is my home and I will finish my career here. I could’ve accepted various offers, including Juventus, or Roma two years ago, even Napoli and Inter. But it was right to stay here.”

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