Tuesday December 27 2011
Miccoli hints at Palermo retirement

Fabrizio Miccoli has given a strong indication that Palermo will be his last professional club before retirement.

The 32-year-old diminutive forward is a Lecce native and there has been the long-standing belief that he harbours a desire to one day represent the Salentini, who he has made no secret of supporting throughout his playing career.

However, in a note written on Palermo’s official website, the current Rosanero captain has indicated that he could be tempted to stay at the Renzo Barbera for the rest of his days on the pitch.

“Palermo is a second home for me, because of the relationship I have with the people. I was able to enter the history of this club and for me it is a fixed point. I hope to stay and again give my contribution.

“I believe that I will end my career here, then we’ll see.

“At least I hope to be a fixed point. I am fortunate to have people like [Guilio] Migliaccio and [Federico] Balzaretti here. We are the old players who have the responsibility of raising the younger ones who come from far away. You have to help them acclimatise and make them express themselves well.

“We do a good job, continue on this road, but it’s not easy, it takes time, especially when we change so much.”

Miccoli, who is Palermo’s all-time Serie A record goal-scorer, also took time to reflect on 2011 as it draws to a close.

“It’s been a good year. To get to the Coppa Italia final in Rome was hardly a moment to forget with 45,000 Palermo fans present. This year we have changed so much but have still started well.

“I thank the fans for their love and the only thing I ask of them is to stay close to the team, even as they have always done, because we are a young team and we are trying to continue with maximum commitment at Palermo.”

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