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Alessandro Del Piero in talks to make shock move to Thailand: reports

Heading for the exit door?: Alessandro Del Piero.

Heading for the exit door?: Alessandro Del Piero. Photo: Getty Images

The chances of Alessandro Del Piero remaining in Sydney appear to have taken a hit, with the Italian star reportedly in talks to make a surprise move to Thailand at the end of the season.

Football website Goal.com reported that newly-promoted PTT Rayong are making an audacious move to sign the former Juventus captain.

The club’s coach, former Aston Villa striker Peter Withe, told local journalists that an offer is on the table to bring the World Cup winner to Thailand. The bid is being funded by the club’s owners, the wealthiest company in Thailand.  ‘‘It’s up to Mr Del Piero whether he signs the deal or not," Withe told reporters. "If he signs, he’ll be here. If he’s not, he’ll stay at Sydney.’’

PTT Rayong earned promotion to the Thai Premier League last season  and their owners, oil company PTT Public Company Ltd, are looking to splash out to bolster their squad with top-level talent. 

Reports suggested Del Piero’s brother and agent will meet with the Thai club in Turin later this week. PTT Rayong are also reported to be in talks to sign Del Piero’s former Juventus  teammate Vincenzo Iaquinta.

34 comments so far

  • Not surprising at all. Del Piero is bored with the low standard of the Oz league, and is looking for a new challenge.

    Commenter
    Viking
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 20, 2014, 10:13PM
    • Looking for a challenge in the Thai premier league? Looking for cash more like.

      Commenter
      Macka
      Date and time
      January 20, 2014, 10:33PM
    • And Thailand is better!!???? Who are you kidding?

      Commenter
      Scup
      Date and time
      January 20, 2014, 10:57PM
    • ... so to challenge himself he moves not to Europe, which has some of the most competitive football leagues in the world, but Thailand!
      Mate, don't be ridiculous. This has nothing to do with the standard of football, and everything to do with how much money he can make. This is the typical scenario: European player signs with Australian club and says he is not here for a holiday and loves the family atmosphere of (insert club name here). After a two year holiday, same player goes back to Europe or other low tier country willing to pay more. Don't kid yourself that it's anything but that.

      Commenter
      Crooked nose
      Date and time
      January 20, 2014, 11:12PM
    • Why knock A/league ? Last week
      I was unfortunate to be in Bologna to see came with Lazio. It was shocking . Poor quality all round. A bore. Dreadful
      Game . If this is the norm
      He should return to Italy

      Commenter
      Terrymac
      Date and time
      January 20, 2014, 11:43PM
    • I find that sports like "soccor" is not as respected in Australia in comparison to say rugby or afl. As a result the football culture here is very different to the rest of the world, less attention means less money for this sport, ultimately lowering the standard of the local games.

      Commenter
      Pomato
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 12:34AM
    • Low standard of the oz league ??? Replaced by the even lower standard of the Thai league ????

      Commenter
      Dginsideleft
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 12:48AM
    • Del Piero is finding the fast and furious tempo of the A-League a challenge as he gets older. The increasing standard of play and professional tactics have made it difficult for him to score in recent weeks. In the game against the Central Coast he was clearly not playing to his usual standard and the Central Coast starved him of possession. Playing in Thailand offers an easier league and a new challenge. He can be instrumental in promoting the game there as he has done in Australia. His contributions to Sydney FC have been outstanding.He is one of those sportsman that is at a different level to his peers. He is a true gentleman unlike the characters we see in other Australian "football" codes.

      Commenter
      EE
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 10:39AM
    • Viking - Surely you're joking? The biggest problem is that Farina has inherited this "superstar". So many Del Piero fans with rose tinted glasses, it's like the guy has concrete boots!

      He was a great purchase in a marketing sense that has been a big draw card for attracting memberships and jersey sales but at what cost? Sydney FC's problems will continue as long as they fill their side with 30+ something's that are well past their prime.

      So much criticism of Farina but apparently Del Piero is beyond reproach as captain and even as a player. The guy has a great boot which we have seen repeatedly from set pieces and the milking of penalties outside the box making B-grade keepers look like they're 12 years old but when it comes to open play especially on the counter attack he passes the ball and is left behind on the half way line while the midfield are expected to fill the void and continue the attack. Never mind that when the attack is broken down that he can't defend because he is unwilling to chase the ball, you may as well have a player on the pitch with one leg because that's as fast as he moves out there.

      So many excuses are made for this guy, he's had an injury cloud over his head since day dot and has had 2 years to influence the style of football this team plays being hired on his credentials not only as a player but a leader. Sydney FC have only grown more erratic and less fluent since he arrived at the club. Would love to see how many km's he runs in a game, not surprisingly no statistics offered.

      Commenter
      El Seano
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 11:40AM
    • Low level of our A-League, be truthful now, you're just anti football trying to have a dig. The skill level has improved year by year which is now finally why our younger players are starting to be picked up again by European clubs. Go back to what ever little game you follow please.

      @Pomato Football is the most played sport in our country and the popularity is growing each year as can be seen by the crowd numbers at games. How's those in the NRL going??? Not so good I hear. When was the last time Parra or Penrith filled their stadiums? I barely remember when Parra filled Pirtek Stadium in a regular season game like WSW have done on a very regular basis? It's the self interested media that pushes NRL,

      Commenter
      Mick
      Date and time
      January 21, 2014, 11:45AM

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