Tuesday June 26 2012
Palermo: Balzaretti wants to stay

Palermo Vice-President Guglielmo Micciche has reiterated Maurizio Zamparini’s stance on Federico Balzaretti, adding also that the player wants to stay.

With the left-back’s contract is up a year from now and with a renewal having yet to be signed, rumours have grown that he is angling for a move, with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Lazio and Milan all pushed towards him in recent weeks.

However, Palermo are continuing with the line that only one of those clubs has ever asked for the player and are insisting today that Balzaretti has told them of his intention to remain with the Rosanero.

“Only Napoli have been on to our player,” Micciche told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“[President Aurelio] De Laurentiis has asked, but Zamparini does not intend to sell him and anyway, Federico wants to stay.

“Balzaretti is doing very well with the national team and since joining the national team their squad has seemed more stable.

“Federico is a player of great reliability and generosity, we know what he is capable of, both in competitive terms and for quality.

“His future? There is a meeting scheduled with Alessandro Moggi, his agent. Palermo intends to extend his contract and the player, for his part, wants to stay with the Rosanero, so therefore shortly we will have the meeting with his agent to evaluate the position with the player.”

“There was a conversation between Zamparini and De Laurentiis about him, but for the moment the situation is closed because the owner has confirmed his intention to keep Balzaretti.

“PSG? There was a timid approach in January, but it ended all there. From abroad we have had no requests for him, the only one has been from Napoli.”