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Coco in shock over Barca rejection
Wednesday 29th May 2002

Italy wing-back Francesco Coco has admitted that Barcelona's decision not to make his loan move from AC Milan permanent came as a major shock.

"I would have preferred to stay at Barca and what they have done has really surprised me," he said.

"This issue has been rumbling on for six months but until now nothing has happened. I didn't receive any definite signals from Spain and I was not certain to move.

"But now I have left, I am prepared for any eventuality. I know money was a problem for Barcelona but I have not heard anything official about this."

Internazionale are reported to be leading the chase to sign the Italy international with Clarence Seedorf set to join Milan but Coco insists that no official approach has been made.

"As far as Inter goes, there is nothing concrete," he explained.

Meanwhile Coco, who is currently preparing for the World Cup with Italy, admits he is unlikely to be a starter at the finals but will be ready to play a part if called upon.

He added: "I probably won't play in our first match against Ecuador but I don't consider myself rejected.

"The World Cup is long and Giovanni Trapattoni will need every one of us. For this reason I hope transfer issues will not distract my attention anymore."

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