Very impressive signings!
Venezia Announce another Two Deals
AS Venezia have announced another two signings today, completing deals for Ajax duo Ricardo Kishna and Kenny Tete for a combined fee of £16.7m.
19 year old winger Ricardo Kishna has joined I Gondolieri for a fee of £13m. The Dutch U21 international started his career at ADO Den Haag, before being asked to join Ajax. He never made a first team appearance for De Godenzonen, but was rated highly in an academy that has produced global superstars such as van der Vaart, Sneijder and Huntelaar. He played first team games for Ajax’s youth team last season, making 10 appearances and scoring a goal before being shipped off on loan to Swiss giants Basel, where he made 6 appearances, and again scored a single goal for die Bebbi.
Kishna made it clear he wanted to impress this season and become a fan favourite.
“I came here to impress the fans, and the manager. I want to do well here, because it is a career defining move, if I do not do well, I could end up playing for smaller clubs which is not good, I want to play for the biggest clubs in the world. Venezia might not be a big club at the moment, but I think, if I and all the players perform, we can do well and get that big club name. The club is very ambitious and I like that, it wants to go places. I was impressed with Nesta, he seemed very professional and he knows what he wants, and I had watched Venezia a bit last season, as like in a lot of countries, it was receiving a lot of publicity over in Holland. I think Nesta did very well to get them promoted, and deserves success. I cannot wait to work under him. Also, Kenny is moving with me. I have known him for many years and played in the same team as well for years, and I cannot believe he will be here as well, which will definitely help me settle in. But, I cannot wait to start learning Italian. I loved learning English in school, and I am looking forward to learning a new language and eating lots of pasta here! I just cannot wait to get started!”
Nesta said that Kishna was a player with a lot of potential, and that he hoped he could reach it here.
“Ricardo has immense potential and has the ability to become one of the best in the world. If he works hard and plays well, I have no doubt he can reach the level of Hazard or Draxler, but he has to work. I will support him anyway I can and help him to reach that level. But, he is still a key part of the team now and will play lots, which is important to his development. He will hopefully live up to his price tag as well, as the club played a decent amount of money to get him here. It might sound like I am putting a lot of pressure on him, but the best players need to cope with pressure, it would be bad if he got to the age of 23-24 and was one of the best in the world, and then he didn’t perform, and the press started attacking him, and he couldn’t cope – it would ruin him. So he needs to learn from a young age. Otherwise it would be the beginning of the end.”
The second Dutch player to sign from Ajax was wing back Kenny Tete. The 18 year old moved to Venice for a fee of £3.7m and looks set to play backup for Peruzzi and Biraghi this season. Unlike Kishna, he has played for Ajax for his entire career, and made one first team appearance last season. He played for Jong Ajax twelve times, getting named Player of the Match four times, which seemed to impress Nesta.
“I watched him play a few times live, and I was really impressed. For such a young player, he showed great composure and awareness. He was really solid defensively as well. When he develops, he will be a very good player, solid both defensively and offensively. I reckon he could become one of the best. I am also very happy with the fee we got him for, a player of his potential for just under four million is outstanding. He will be good for us, even now, maybe not playing week in week out, but he will be a very good back up and will learn lots off Cristiano, Giourkas and Gino.”
Tete revealed he hoped to help Venezia to Europe.
“My ambition is to help the club get to Europe. How long it will take, I do not know, but that is why I am here. I feel it is not unachieveable and the squad here is full of quality. When I had the tour round the club, the facilities were all brand new and in tip-top condition. I cannot wait to work around them. I also want to play. Nesta told me the fans here were amazing and that they will love me if I perform when I am called upon, which I want to do. Anywhere you go and do not perform, the fans are going to turn on you, so you need to perform, and I hope I can do that when I play. I know I won’t play often, as I know Biraghi and Peruzzi are in front of me in the pecking order, but that doesn’t mean I won’t, as there are cup games this year as well, and Nesta will have to rotate his team.”
Meanwhile, January signing Jake Sinclair has left the club on a season long loan to Leece, who are in Serie C1/C, the third tier of Italian football.
“I hope I can progress and learn here. The club is great, and I hope I will be ready for Nesta when I return to the club next season. My performances last season were not really that good compared to the rest of the team and I understand why he shipped me out. I hope I can do better this season, and then force my way back into the team at Venezia.”
Leece manager Dino Paglirai said he was a great capture for the club.
“After some tough times in recent seasons, the Scommessopoli scandal and all, the club and the fans deserve something good, a fantastic player that comes under the name of Jake Sinclair. I hope he plays well for us and contributes largely to our promotion push. He is a great player, a good winger. I don’t really understand why Alessandro let him go out on loan, but there could be other things behind it that we don’t know, but he is a real coup and will make a huge impact on our team.”
And make an impact he did, making his debut in the Italian Cup 1st Qualifying Round, which saw Leece face off against Savona. Leece won the game 3-2, with Sinclair scoring a first half hattrick.
After the game, Sinclair told the local newspaper
“I am very pleased with my performance, it could not have gone any better, to be honest. To score a hattrick in any game is special, but to score one on your debut for your new club, while trying to impress the parent club’s manager, is amazing. I just want to play now, play week in, week out, and impress the fans and my managers with my performances.”
Leece next face Latina in the next round of the cup, which Sinclair is now expected to start.