ALESSANDRO LUCARELLI TO DEPART ENNIO TARDINI?
08 January 2016
Club captain Alessandro Lucarelli is the only player to have stayed at Parma since their demotion to Serie D.
- Veteran 38 year old defender has made 250 appearances for the club
- Contract expires in June, and negotiations over a new deal have stalled
- Defender doesn’t want to play for any other club but Parma
Veteran club captain Alessandro Lucarelli looks set to be departing the Ennio Tardini this summer, after rumours broke that the talks between the defender and the club had stalled over a new deal.
The rumours are believe to centre around wages, with the club not being prepared to offer Lucarelli the deal he wants, because of their current predicament, finding themselves in the fourth tier of Italian football. After making his 250th appearance for the club against Virtus Castelfranco on the 6th January, Lucarelli took to his twitter and facebook pages and seemed to confirm his departure, by stating ”It’s a massive honour and privilege to have played 250 games for this club. Hopefully in my final few games I can really help this club to rebuild and reach the heights it wants to.”
Alessandro Lucarelli is the only player, that finished 20th in the 2014/2015 edition of Serie A, to have stuck around with the club, through the rebranding process, after the club was demoted to the fourth tier of Italian football. Back in July the defender stated ”I love this club, so there is no reason why I would want to leave for any other club. Everything about this club speaks to me as a person and it never crossed my mind to leave the club, and I want to be a big part of the rebuilding process.”
However, since Paolo Vanoli was made manager of the new Parma back in July, negotiations with the defender have apparently broken down several times over talk of a new contract.
However many Parma fans will be hopeful that the other option comes to fruition, if Lucarelli leaves the club at the end of the contract. There is a belief that Vanoli, although not wanting to give the defender a higher wage, would be interested in appointing Lucarelli as a member of his coaching staff, if the club were to be promoted to the third tier of Italian football or even if they failed to achieve promotion from Serie D.