Siena boss quashes Real rumours
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
SERIE A newcomers Siena have exclusively revealed to Planetfootball.com that they are not interested in a host of La Liga stars, claiming their main target is young Treviso striker Massimo Ganci.
The Tuscany club were reportedly in talks with Real Madrid concerning bringing Javier Portillo and Rodrigo Fabri to the club but coach Giuseppe Papadopulo was quick to quash suggestions the duo were on their way to Italy.
"I don't know how it emerged in the media," he said. "You have to be very optimistic, to say the least, if you think that such big stars would play for Siena.
"As for Rodrigo, I don't even know who he is!"
Milan legend Demitrio Albertini (pictured), who spent the entire season on loan at Atletico Madrid, was also thought to be on the list but Papadopulo believes the Azzurri star is keen to return to Giuseppe Meazza, but said the door would remain open to him.
"Should he not feel at ease with the Rossoneri anymore, he would always find our door open.
"I don't think he has something like that on his mind.
"It would be a dream to have him, but it's nothing more than that."
The veteran boss admits his side are in need of some firepower but also ruled out a move for Juventus unhappy Chilean striker Marcelo Salas.
"The issue is of course his wage," added Papadopulo. "He gets in a month what our players get in a year. How would we deal with it?"
As far as the wise old coach is concerned, Papadopulo says the club must look to youth and players from lower divisions in order to progress, naming Treviso's Massimo Ganci as a perfect example.
"Having to bring in new forwards, he would be an interesting target," he added.
"I've known him since he was at Monza and I think he would come with the right hunger for success.
"We need such young and motivated players."
In other news, the tactician added he was optimistic of concluding a deal for Ighli Tare from Brescia and Julio Hernan Rossi from FC Basel.
"More negotiations are ongoing on and I am optimistic," he said. "Even if in football you never know until the contract is signed.
"Let's say I still hope they will come."