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Soccer: Del Piero could be set for swansong at Sion

Gattuso urges ex-Italy teammate to join him across Alps

Soccer: Del Piero could be set for swansong at Sion

(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Alessandro Del Piero could be set for a swansong at Swiss side Sion after ex-Italy teammate Gennaro Gattuso urged the ex-Juventus great to join him across the Alps. Gattuso, 34, recently joined Sion from AC Milan where he won two Serie A titles, two Champions League trophies and a Club World Cup during his 13-year stint at Silvio Berlusconi's club. At Sion since June, Gattuso has been appointed captain and has led his side to the top of the Swiss championship after seven games. 'In the last few days Rino phoned Ale, who asked for information about the place, the lifestyle and the club's ambitions,' according to sources close to the possible deal. 'Gattuso talked up the Swiss city, the set-up and the club, showing great enthusiasm and transmitting that to Ale'. The 37-year-old Del Piero, linked earlier this summer to Brazilian clubs Flamengo and Sao Paulo as well as Tottenham in the Premier League and Malaga in La Liga, knows that Sion's prospects are more modest than those he might have expected at a bigger club. But he is nonetheless considering following in the footsteps of ex-Juve greats Pietro Anastasi and Marco Tardelli, who saw out the twilight of their careers on the other side of the Alps, as well as Fiorentina legend Giancarlo Antognoni, who played for Lausanne before finally hanging up his boots at the end of the 1980s. Negotiations are still in the preliminary stage, persons close to the deal said Tuesday. After Juventus let him go following 19 years with them in June, Del Piero ruled out playing for another team in Italy. During his time with the Turin side, Del Piero helped them to win six Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, a Champions League crown and an Intercontinental Cup and to return to the top flight after they were relegated in 2006 for involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

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