Pizarro hits new low in Udine
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Pizarro insists he does not want to quit Udinese in the New Year despite his relationship with the club reaching a new low.
The Chilean playmaker has been omitted from Sunday's Serie A tussle against Reggina due to concerns regarding his fitness.
Pizarro is adamant he is fit to feature for Luciano Spalletti's side but has refuted suggestions that this latest crack in his relationship with Udinese will precipitate his departure.
"I am surprised (to be left out)," admitted Pizarro. "I thought I had a good relationship with the club. My physical problem has been solved.
"I'm not waiting for Lazio, Juve or Inter. I'm only hoping they will tell me I can play on Sunday."
The undercurrent to Pizarro's simmering feud with Udinese regards the offer of a contract extension.
Pizarro's present deal expires in 2005 with Udinese wanting to hand the South American a fresh five-year contract on é¼500,000 per season.
But Pizarro is demanding double that salary, something Udinese will not permit although the club insist this row is not affecting the schemer's place in the team.
"Pizarro isn't Maradona," said general director Pierpaolo Marino. "He has to come back with his feet on the ground.
"His gratefulness is at zero. He must remember that we built him up to 100 percent.
"Pizarro will stay with us until June. Anyway, it has to be made clear that the problems over the contract extension aren't conditioning our behaviour towards him.
"We have never put pressure on the technical people. We have just suggested to coach Spalletti that Pizarro should play only once he has completely recovered from his muscular problem. Spalletti agrees with us."