Thursday May 22 2014
Di Francesco pens new Sassuolo deal

Sassuolo announced Eusebio Di Francesco signed on until 2016 and Francesco Acerbi has beaten cancer again.

The club held its end of season dinner this evening and made several announcements to media and fans.

Domenico Berardi already confirmed he would be staying on with the Neroverdi for one more season, as his co-ownership deal has been renewed with Juventus.

The club also stated that Coach Di Francesco has put pen to paper on a contract renewal, despite having been fired and replaced by Alberto Malesani for five rounds.

He will now be tied down to the Emilia-Romagna club until June 2016.

There was also wonderful news for the entire Italian football world, as defender Acerbi confirmed he has beaten cancer for the second time.

The 25-year-old was first diagnosed during a routine medical when he first joined Sassuolo in June 2013, then a doping test in December showed unusually high levels of a hormone that turned out to be caused by another testicular tumour.

“I was able to maintain my smile thanks to the affection of the fans, colleagues and friends who stayed close to me.

“If my parents had seen me distraught, it would’ve been the worst thing, as they could not have given me the strength I needed in those moments.”

Acerbi will be able to begin pre-season training with the rest of the team.