Islanders land Iuliano
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Iuliano has ended his eight-year spell at Juventus by signing for Mallorca.Defender Mark Iuliano has ended his eight-year spell at Juventus by signing for Mallorca.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of the first-team picture at Stadio Delle Alpi over the past two seasons and has now accepted a fresh challenge.
Fabio Cannavaro, Jonathan Zebina, Paolo Montero and Igor Tudor were all ahead of Iuliano in coach Fabio Capello's pecking order, and the defender wanted to leave to resurrect his career.
A number of Serie A and Premiership clubs were purported to be interested in the experienced former Italy international, but Mallorca stole a march on their rivals.
Following talks with Islanders boss Hector Cuper, Iuliano was persuaded to head for Spain despite the club's precarious position.
Mallorca currently find themselves second bottom in La Primera, but Cuper is revamping the squad with a raft of signings during the transfer window and is confident of steering the team to survival.