Michael Essien finds Milan's transfer sweet spot, Hernanes sobs and Vincenzo Montella spots voodoo dolls in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.
“I told friends that before retiring that I wanted to play for this club and achieve my dream.”
Michael Essien realised just before retirement is the average age of a new Milan signing
“Hernanes for €17m? They can buy his left foot for that. We are talking about a player who is not for sale.”
Apparently Claudio Lotito rates the rest of Hernanes at €3m...
“I cried not because Igli Tare and the President were asking me to go. I did not cry for this! I cried because the two teams are negotiating and I have had the opportunity to leave, the possibility to leave Rome, the place I love, the fans I love and the people I love.”
Hernanes loved Lazio so much he requested a transfer
“I saw Facundo Roncaglia’s late shot and it curved in a bizarre fashion, almost as if it had been remote-controlled to swerve wide. It was incredible! Maybe we’re cursed!”
Vincenzo Montella suddenly spots the Napoli fans with little Viola voodoo dolls
“I ask President Thohir to think for one minute of the player and his family. We will talk to Thohir about this situation, which has never happened at any club in the world. Fredy Guarin is really suffering and his family flew in from Colombia to help.”
Agent Marcelo Ferreyra might be over-selling this...
“These players are not accustomed to certain pressures and felt the lack of enthusiasm in the stands, as it almost felt as if we were playing in an empty stadium.”
Apart from the loud jeering, noted Walter Mazzarri
“I think the team proved again tonight why they are top of the table.”
Because even 10 of Antonio Conte’s men are still better than full-strength Lazio
“But all those who come to our country are third choice foreigners. They are coming here just because they are being discarded by teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.”
To be fair, ex-Roma President Rosella Sensi, those rejects include Paul Pogba and Gonzalo Higuain
“Our destiny is not in our hands – or should I say feet – as there is another team with eight more points.”
Rudi Garcia depends on the cruel Toes of Fate
“With life, sometimes you’re on the top, sometimes you’re on the bottom. You have to accept that.”
Erick Thohir has literally no middle ground
“I urged them not to read the papers and to isolate themselves from everything outside the training camp.”
If Mazzarri catches his players discussing Barack Obama’s State of the Union address there’ll be hell to pay!
“He can play his game: targeting opponents in the one-on-one. When he plays like that, Gervinho is devastating.”
Just don’t put him in front of an open goal, warns Garcia
“At Napoli I had two players who were convinced one would never pass to the other. I watched back the footage to be objective and could tell they simply didn’t spot the other player.”
Place your bets: Which petty pairing was Mazzarri talking about?
“We need that warrior spirit that never gives up.”
Clarence Seedorf, come out and play-ay....
“Alessandro Diamanti is a great player and he has a left foot like mine.”
Sinisa Mihajlovic hopes for an Oscar with the movie sequel Our Left Foot
“I am a Brazilian with an Italian passport, Antonio Cassano is an Italian with Brazilian feet.”
Amauri doesn’t specify where FantAntonio got his brain from
“Why are Inter not betting on Mbaye? I consider Mazzarri to be an inadequate Coach for Inter. The Nerazzurri risk burning down much of the value of their youth academy.”
According to his agent Beppe Accardi, it’s unlikely we’ll see Ibrahima Mbaye back at San Siro any time soon