Saturday May 14 2011
Amauri: 'Parma restored my enthusiasm'

Amauri prepares to face his parent club Juventus on Sunday and reveals “Parma brought back my enthusiasm for football.”

The striker arrived on loan in January and has been crucial in securing the Ducali's Serie A safety, not to mention rediscovering his own scoring touch.

“Juve are my ex-team and it's certainly wonderful to play against them, but I have nothing to prove. I've done that already, so it's a game like any other for me,” declared Amauri in a Press conference.

“I have always thanked Parma for having brought back my enthusiasm for football, while my teammates put me in a condition to do well. I worked hard too and with a club that had faith in me I was able to play consistently.

“It is very satisfying to go from being considered a waste of space in January to playing five months as the ‘real' Amauri, so now I have transfer requests from all over the place.

“We'll have to see what happens at the end of the season. It's not certain I'll stay at Parma, return to Juve or join another side. I'll have to sit round a table with my agents and then decide.

“I am very happy at Parma and there's no real reason for me to leave.”

In Italy players tend not to celebrate goals against their former teams, especially as Juventus need points to qualify for Europe.

“It's difficult to tell if I'll celebrate. If I play, then it will be to score goals. It all depends on the moment.”

Amauri's presence remains in doubt due to both an ankle injury and this week fracturing a bone in his hand during “an accident at home. These things happen.”

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