Sydney FC talent Terry Antonis is having a trial run at Parma and says he “couldn’t be happier” to complete the transfer, but the Australian club insists it hasn’t accepted any offer.
The 19-year-old teammate of Alessandro Del Piero is already at the Collecchio training ground with his father Peter and told The World Game that a four-year contract had been agreed.
“It’s always been my dream to play in Serie A and I couldn’t be happier,” said Antonis.
“It’s a fantastic set up over here and a huge opportunity for me to further my career. To be joining the same club that Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano played for is a privilege.
“I hope I can taste some of the success they enjoyed in Italy. It’s a club with great tradition and hopefully I can take my game to another level here and add to my football education.”
The reports state the Australia Under-20 captain will make the move, as Parma activated a buy-out clause in his contract.
However, Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata has a different version of events and insists the move is anything but a done deal.
“I am glad Terry has accepted, because we haven't yet. I haven't spoken to Terry or the club and no-one has contacted me.
“Parma have made an offer to Sydney FC and we are still looking at it. I'll speak with Parma officials later to see where we are at with it all.”
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