Alessio after Villarreal stay
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alessio Tacchinardi is hopeful he will be at Villarreal next season.
Alessio Tacchinardi is hopeful he can extend his stay at Villarreal beyond the end of the season.
The Italian international joined The Yellow Submarines on a season-long loan deal from Juventus last summer and has made a positive impression at El Madrigal.
While not a regular, the 30-year-old has played his part in the club's run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and is hopeful the club will agree a permanent deal for him.
His contract with Juve runs until 2008, but Tacchinardi is looking to stay in Spain.
"I have a contract with Juventus until 2008 and the decision is down to the two clubs," he stated.
"I know that talks are underway but I have not received any news.
"I want to stay there and I believe that is possible."
Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini is understood to have instructed his board to thrash out a permanent deal for the midfielder.