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Torino – Cerci assures “I never said I wanted the EPL”

Today the English media has spoken about the future of Alessio Cerci, who according to some sources will reveal his dream of a future in the Premier League and who surely gave the “ok” to a possible transfer.  Today, Italian national team training concluded with the denial of a departure from the player himself, “It’s not true, I never said that to anyone.” Reported from the online edition of Tuttosport.

The highly desired and former Fiorentina winger, who is currently showcasing his worth at the smaller Torino club, is the second top scorer in the race for capocanniere as of Week 12.  His impressive play this season has earned him the coveted Azzurri shirt, and he will undoubtedly be dreaming of retaining his “maglia” next summer when the final 23 make the journey across the Atlantic to Brazil.  The player, stationed in the Piedmont region, is not your typical Italian breed of calciatori.  With few true wingers for National Team tactician Prandelli to choose from, Cerci seems almost a guarantee to book his ticket, but as fans of calcio, we all know nothing is guaranteed in Italian futbol (other than whispers of scandal).  It is no secret that moving away from the peninsula doesn’t help a player’s chances of being called up.  Perhaps Alessio Cerci has taken warning from the cautionary tales of fellow countrymen who have made the leap to the big stage in England only to return home with a disgraced reputation and with am unrealistic fantasy of representing their homeland.

Neither myself nor Alessio Cerci need to search for reminders of Italiani who failed in the foreign EPL.  We all remember the excitement that the Romanista, Alberto Aquilani, brought to not only the capitol club fans but even the dedicated supporters of other Serie A clubs across Italy.  The Roman native (Cerci also began his career at Roma)  caught the attention of several colossal premier league teams.  At the age of 17, Aquilani turned down offers from Chelsea and Arsenal to continue playing for the beloved ASRoma, only to leave his supporters with a bad taste in their mouth a few years later when it was announced that he was in fact deserting his hometown club for Liverpool FC.  His 2 years with the British side were plagued by injury and the inability to adapt to life in the cold and rainy city.  The precise delivery of passes, skillful technique on the ball,  and the “golazos” from what seemed like midfield were absent from his highlight reel with Liverpool.  In turn, Alberto lost his place and consideration for Azzurri inclusion until current boss Prandelli was won over by the Viola centrocampista’s rediscovery of his long lost form and health.

Aquilani at Roma –>

With the EPL being uncontested as the most attractive and lucrative league for both fans and players/owners respectively, it is hard to fathom that a player would close any door to such opportunistic interests, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool jumping for his signature.  In fact, Cerci’s style of play and flair would suit him well in the Premier League.  I often compare him with the former Chelsea man Arjen Robben, not because of their hairline, but for their identical roles and their extremely predictable movement from right to left followed by an often selfishly ambitious left footed rocket to the far post.

But for however successful Cerci could be in the EPL, I do not see him choosing the move and jeopardizing his place in the Azzurri camp, as Aquilani chose to do, especially with roughly six months left until the 20th edition of the world’s most glorifying tournament, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.



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