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."