Saturday February 1 2020
D'Aversa slams ungrateful Gervinho

Roberto D’Aversa had harsh words for wantaway striker Gervinho and also his Parma directors after a 2-2 draw with Cagliari.

The Ducali fought back twice to grab a point at the Sardegna Arena, with Juraj Kucka and an Andreas Cornelius header.

“I think the result is more than deserved considering how the game developed overall,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“The important thing for me is that past experience proves a teachable moment so we don’t make the same mistakes again.”

It has been a tense few days for Parma, as Gervinho didn’t turn up to training for three days in a row to force through a transfer to Al-Sadd.

However, the paperwork seemingly didn’t go through in time, so the Ivorian is stuck in limbo. D’Aversa suggested it’ll take a lot of apologising for Gervinho to get back into this Parma side.

“We’ll see what happens, but I would just like to point out Gervinho had his best couple of seasons for many years because he had a team willing to work hard to create the chances for him.

“If you don’t mind, I really do not want to talk about Gervinho this evening. I want to talk about Colombi, Iacoponi, Kucka, lads who gave their all for this jersey and worked very hard this evening for an important result.

“We know what happened, we’ll evaluate the situation and act consequently. What matters is the squad and they allowed Gervinho to get back to a high level after he basically stopped playing football professionally in China.”

D’Aversa also had words for the club after the January transfer window shut.

“With Roberto Inglese injured, Cornelius is our only centre-forward. I have to hope he never gets a cold.”

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