Parma make striker pledge
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Parma insist Alberto Gilardino will not be sold when the transfer window reopens in January.Parma insist key striker Alberto Gilardino will not be sold when the transfer window reopens in January.
Gilardino is the hottest striking property in Italian football and is being courted by the likes of Juventus and Roma.
He moved to end some uncertainty regarding his future by signing a contract extension to keep him at Ennio Tardini until 2007 last month.
But the rumours have not ebbed away, with speculation suggesting Parma will have to field more interest for Gilardino in the New Year.
The club's chief officer Luca Baraldi, though, is adamant the young hot shot will not be leaving Parma until at least next summer.
"No one believed in my words when I said he would stay," affirmed Baraldi to TV Parma.
"But despite everything, we had clear ideas. We only had to convince Alberto to share this idea.
"He made a choice as a man and as a professional to stay. He understood that one, or more, seasons at Parma can help him to grow.
"Gilardino sold in January? He will stay here for the whole season, that's to say until June 2005. I can reassure supporters."
Baldini also praised the club's new attacking recruit Massimo Maccarone for accepting a reduction in wages to move to Parma.
Maccarone has linked up with the Gialloblu on loan from Middlesbrough for the season and Baldini is happy with the signing.
He added: "The hypothesis of Parma's model has been shown in the Maccarone negotiations.
"When a 25-year-old player, who only two years ago was able to sign a really interesting contract financially, decides to put himself under discussion and he personally comes here to earn é¼30,000 (per week) with us, it means our one is a winning model."