Lucarelli wants Serie A return
Shakhtar striker Cristiano Lucarelli wants a return to Serie A as the Ukrainian winter break gets underway.
By Nadia Carminati and Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 15/12/07 12:20pm
Cristiano Lucarelli aims to return to Italy in January to better his chances of taking part in the European Championships next summer.
The striker left Livorno in the summer to pursue Champions League football and joined Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 32-year-old is hoping that Shakhtar will allow him to leave the club on loan in January so that he can continue to play first team football during the Ukrainian winter break.
"In Ukraine, with only ten matches to be played between March and May it will be a difficult exploit for me," he told Sky Italia.
"I wouldn't have practical possibilities to be called up for the European Championships.
"I decided to accept Shakthar's offer because they were playing Champions League and I've had the satisfaction to see that in that tournament we can be in a good way."
Rumours have linked Lucarelli to Serie A side's Genoa and Palermo along with his former club Torino. Celtic are also rumoured to be interested in the striker.
Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has stressed that Lucarelli will be granted permission to go on loan in January if he wishes.