Giampaolo Pazzini has announced he is leaving Hellas Verona after five years and could well retire in the city. ‘I have some ideas on what I’d like to do as a grown-up.’
The striker turns 36 next month and his contract has not been renewed, so will be allowed to expire on Monday.
“I knew this was coming for a while, but was also trying not to think about it. The last time I went to the stadium, I realised we had come to the end of the road,” said Pazzini in a press conference.
“These were five intense years, with ups and downs. I am happy to have finished this journey in Serie A. Verona and its fans gave me so much, when things went well or badly, and in difficult moments, knowing they had faith in me was the only thing that kept me going.
“You made me and my family feel like we were at home, so Hellas and Verona will always remain in my heart. The club made its decision, my rapport with Hellas has come to an end. I’ll be honest, I had hoped to extend the contract and my family is genuinely thinking of staying in Verona.
“The only offers I received are from abroad. I do have some ideas on what I’d like to do as a ‘grown-up’, but I want to spend some time with my family and decompress before making any decisions.”
Pazzini has made 133 competitive appearances for Verona, taking them from Serie B to promotion last year, scoring 50 goals.
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