Monday January 6 2014
Guidolin: Di Natale remains a big player

Francesco Guidolin has claimed not to have spoken to Antonio Di Natale about his retirement at the end of the season.

Udinese lost 3-1 to Hellas Verona this afternoon, but the big story coming out of the match was the fact that the veteran goalscorer has decided to call it a day in the summer.

“I have learned that now in the Press room,” he told reporters. “It’s definitely a moment of discouragement after losing a game like this, at such a delicate moment.

“I don’t know what else to say because I have not spoken with Toto or anyone else.

“In a moment of bitterness though, there are things that go through your head that you don’t want to say.

“I see Toto every day, and at the moment he is perhaps not going through on goal with the usual ease. But that happens to all big players – which is what he remains.

“We need him from here on out. It’s a complicated season. I will try to change his mind.”

The Coach then commented on his future.

“I am 100 per cent Friuliano. I made my choices. I gave up important things to stay here. I have a love for these people and this club. My roots are here.”

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