Feyenoord’s talisman Graziano Pellé returned to the Eredivisie last summer and did not fail to turn heads scoring an incredible amount of goals as well as leading the entire league in scoring. However, the Lecce native has failed to even fly onto Italian head coach Cesare Prandelli’s radar.
Pellé, who has proven that his form is not just a one year fluke, has scored six goals in seven games thus far. Putting him again at the top of the scoring charts in Holland. So what is keeping him out of the National side? It is not the competition, it is not a fluke, so what is it?
The attacker has bashed his homeland numerous times in the past using the media. Often referring the FIGC to the equivalent of the Mafia. Pellé went onto attack Italy as a whole. “”What I appreciate Holland? The tranquility and peace, while in Italy was unhappy. I admire above all honesty, in my country it is hard to find.”
‘…Just think of the Juventus buying the games. Even the fans are no different: if you play bad, the next day they can destroy your car. The stadiums are also outdated and empty and many clubs find it difficult to pay salaries. ”
On a possible return to Italy: “It is said that I can not go back. There are clubs that offer a lot money. I remember with pleasure as my experience at Sampdoria, we were in Serie B and in the stadium, there were always thirty-five thousand people there.”
That interview did not come years ago, in fact, it was only seven months ago. Albeit, maybe he doesn’t want to return to play in Serie A however, bashing the “Bel Paese” as a whole doesn’t bode well for his World Cup ambitions. In an interview with Goal.com he stated that his dream is “Prandelli’s call to the World Cup.”
” The competition for a shirt of Italy is so great . He told the Gazzetta dello Sport ‘ – I think of Di Natale, he scored dozens of goals and was hardly called up, I admit, however, that I really hope to go Brazil next year . ”
As hypocritical as it seems, finding a more potent striker inside the box may be a very difficult task. Adding to his possible inclusion, Prandelli’s “open door policy” has given him a shot. Come late May, we will find out whether he has either repented or will be staying home next summer.