Thursday December 13 2012
Udinese missed out on Giovinco

Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo has discussed Genoa’s Alexander Merkel, Antonio Floro Flores, Pablo Armero and Mehdi Benatia, plus a near miss for Sebastian Giovinco.

“We had requested Giovinco a few years ago, but he was convinced that he would stay at Juventus and said no. A month later he went to Parma,” revealed Pozzo on Sky Sport Italia.

There have been reports that Floro Flores will be sent to Genoa in exchange for midfielder Merkel, as the striker is unsettled at Pozzo-owned Spanish side Granada.

“It is a difficult negotiation process, but we will try to construct something along these lines.

“We have requests for Armero, but I hope he will remain in Udine for a long time yet. Benatia is very ambitious and I’d like him to stay as long as possible.

“Udinese is a small club and in each transfer session the best players could leave. There are new players who need time to mature, which is why the first few months of the season are always a real struggle. It is tough to start fresh every summer, but we have accepted this role.

“We have a modest income and have to compete with other clubs who bring in far more than we do.”

There is one star who is unlikely to ever leave the Stadio Friuli – captain Antonio Di Natale.

“We’ve run out of ways to describe Di Natale. We can consider him even greater than Zico, considering what he has done in Udine. Not forgetting champions like Abel Balbo, Oliver Bierhoff and Marcio Amoroso, but Di Natale still surprises me more than anyone.

“I am convinced that despite his age of 35 years, he will continue entertaining the fans for many years. His contract renewal is automatic.”

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