Wednesday September 28 2011
Bertolo grateful for second chance

Nicolas Bertolo has revealed he thought he was leaving Palermo this summer, but has praised Devis Mangia for the faith shown in him.

The Argentine midfielder spent last season on loan to Real Zaragoza after falling out of favour under Delio Rossi.

The Spanish side reportedly tried to renegotiate an agreed fee to sign him permanently, only for the Rosanero to reject that and take him back this summer.

Bertolo admitted in an interview with this week that he believed he was on his way out of Palermo, but he now finds himself in the team, and performing well.

"I am very happy now. I waited for this moment for two years. However, I've only played two good games in a row, so I must continue to train to deliver the maximum.

"Best moment of the team? Against Cagliari, although we also played well against Lazio, particularly in the first half. This is a positive moment for all, we must continue on this road.

"I can definitely give more. Against Cagliari I was a bit tired, considering it was my first game in a long time. I can still play for 90 minutes though.

"In Rome, I would have liked to have played the whole game, but the Coach decided to change me, but that's ok. I'm glad the Coach gave me opportunities, so to Mangia [pictured] I can only be grateful.

"I also thank [President Maurizio] Zamparini and ds [Sean] Sogliano for giving me the opportunity to stay in Palermo."

Bertolo also insisted that where suggestions are that he has changed, it is merely the faith of the new coaching staff that has seen him improve.

"I'm still the same. In the first year with Rossi it was difficult because I could not find a place in a team that was doing well. I don't think I'm different to before, but the trust of Mangia that is good.

"Summer market? When I heard that Rossi had gone, I said nothing. He didn't play me only because the team was already good, nothing else.

"My relationship with the Coach was always very nice and I was always respectful. Now it is better [for me] and it is right to praise Mangia. During ritiro it was clear: if you had asked me, I'd have said I was leaving. I didn't and now I am taking my chances in the League."

The 25-year-old then looked ahead to the weekend match with Siena.

"They are a team that can play good football, as they showed recently against Roma. We believe we are strong, especially at home, and we will do everything to take all three points."