Pizarro agrees Udinese deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chilean midfielder David Pizarro has finally resolved his future after agreeing a new contract with Udinese.
The 24-year-old has been in a protracted row with the Italian club regarding a contract extension to stay in Udine.
The Serie A side had offered Pizarro a deal to remain with the club until 2007 but he was stubbornly refusing to concur on the terms.
Pizarro's reluctance to commit his future to Udinese prompted coach Luciano Spalletti to exclude him from his first-team plans.
He had been linked with a move away from Stadio Friuli during January's transfer window but that possibility has now been averted.
The South American has now agreed to a contract keeping him with Udinese until 2007 after resolving the thorny issue of wages.
Pizarro had been earning é¼300,000 per year and was demanding a substantial pay hike but the player revealed a compromise has been reached to ensure an accord.
"We have found an agreement at the middle point," said Pizarro.
"The will to play prevailed over everything."
The Chile international has yet to officially sign the contract but that should happen this week when his agent arrives in Italy.
Meanwhile, Udinese have handed a trial to Schalke forward Gerald Asamoah who could be ready to leave the German outfit.
Udinese have also loaned winger Giuseppe Gemiti to Serie B side Genoa for the remainder of the season.