Tuesday July 17 2012
Parolo puts Azzurri on hold

Marco Parolo says he’s not primarily thinking about an international recall after joining Parma from Cesena.

The midfielder has moved to the Stadio Tardini on a loan deal – with a €4m right-to-buy option – after the Seahorses were relegated last term.

“Getting back into the Italy squad? For now, I just want to start playing football again with a smile on my face,” the 27-year-old noted.

“This is a great club, a great squad and a nice environment to play your football. We’ll have to wait and see what happens after that.”

The former Verona player has one international cap to his name, a 2-0 friendly win over the Ukraine in March 2011.

Parolo was being tracked by a variety of Serie A clubs this summer, but opted to work under Coach Roberto Donadoni.

“I’m happy to be here at Parma and excited about this decision,” he added. “I want to kick-start things, to play football again and enjoy myself.

“I think our objectives will be the same as last year – to wrap up safety as soon as possible and then see what we can get after that.”

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