Wednesday September 14 2016
Defrel: ‘Cesena saved me’

Sassuolo forward Gregoire Defrel admits “I was about to say goodbye to football” before joining Cesena.

The Frenchman was at Parma in the early part of his career, but admits he found life difficult before moving to the Cavallucci Marini.

“I was about to say goodbye to football at a very young age, but Cesena gave me back my desire to play football,” Defrel revealed in an interview with il Resto del Carlino.

“I had just come back from a year at Foggia which didn’t go well. I was morally destroyed, I even thought about giving up.

“I gave to Cesena with Nicola Campedelli, then Pierpaolo Bisoli took over as Coach and gave me the keys to the attack.

“As a child in France I trained once a week and then I played on a Sunday for my neighbourhood team. I never thought I’d be a footballer.

“I always stayed in my neighbourhood, I didn’t want to leave. Then they called me for a three-day trial at Parma and I didn’t go. The first three years in Italy weren’t easy.”

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