Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi admits Mattia Perin can leave ‘if a big opportunity arises’ and hopes to keep Giuseppe Rossi, who ‘makes love with the ball’.
Preziosi’s remarks will surely put Napoli on red alert for Perin and encourage Rossi, who has made just five goalless appearances for Genoa since his free transfer in January, although Coach Davide Ballardini may feel aggrieved after turning the Grifone’s season around.
“New developments on the Coach? There will be in a few weeks. There are still five games to play,” he told reporters, as per the website of Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla.
“In any case, I’ll always be grateful to Ballardini. He’s a sincere and balanced man, who didn’t do just good things but excellent things, considering where we were when he took over.
“We have a precise plan, which must be shared by whoever coaches Genoa. If it won’t be shared by Ballardini then he’ll go his own way. There’s a lot of respect between us.
“Perin? We’ve already spoken to each other, Mattia is Genoa through and through, but he’ll leave if a big opportunity for him arises.
“We certainly won’t run his contract down, but we’d like to keep him. As selfish as it may sound, I hope such an opportunity doesn’t come his way.
“Giuseppe Rossi? I’ll talk to him. I’d be very happy if he stayed and we’ll try to find other conditions for his renewal.
“I didn’t sign him for human reasons but because he’s a great player, who makes love with the ball.”