Sunday February 21 2021
Crotone ‘wanted Pirlo and Fagioli’

Crotone sporting director Beppe Ursino says he wanted to hire Andrea Pirlo at the end of the 2019-20 campaign and claims Junior Messias ‘could play for Juventus.’

The Serie A strugglers face the Old Lady at the Allianz Stadium on Monday evening and the Sharks’ director spoke to Tuttosport revealing he wanted to hire Andrea Pirlo at the end of the last season.

“I had thought about Pirlo as our coach Giovanni Stroppa had many admirers, given what he had achieved with us in Serie B," Ursino claimed.

“If Giovanni had left, Pirlo was one of the options for our bench. I talked about it with my President, Pirlo was already a coach when he was playing, I am intrigued by Juventus’ choice.”

Nicolò Fagioli could make his Serie A debut against Crotone tomorrow.

“We wanted to sign him during the last season of Max Allegri at Juventus, but they wanted him to stay in Turin and develop in their second team.

“Last summer I also wanted to sign Felix Correia, who is playing in the U23 squad, he is a talented player, a little bit like Messias.”

The latter has six goals in 21 Serie A appearances with Crotone so far this season, but can he step up to a bigger club?

“We scouted him when he was playing in non-professional leagues. He did well in Serie B and he is thriving in Serie A.

“He has everything: physical strength, quality and dribbling. He could play for a big club and do well at Juventus too, why not?”