Birmingham to be snubbed by Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli

16 June 2010 05:01
Fabrizio Miccoli is set to snub Birmingham City to remain with Palermo, according to the owner of the Serie A club.

Palermo announced Miccoli would appear at a press conference on Thursday to reveal his future plans, but Maurizio Zamparini has not waited to claim Miccoli is staying.

'Fabrizio will remain with us,' he said, adding that the press conference will 'erase any doubt over the permanence of our captain'.

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He continued: 'Yesterday I met Miccoli, and I reiterated the esteemand confidence the club holds him in. He was a bit worried after hesuffered a knee injury. But I told him to stay because we consider hima key part of the project.'

Miccoli has been strongly linked with a move to the Barclays PremierLeague, with Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini admittingBirmingham had made enquiries about the 30-year-old.

Sabatini said: 'Is Miccoli considering Birmingham's offer? It isnormal that a player has some doubts when an offer is received. Palermodo not want to sell the player. We will evaluate everything soon.

'Miccoli is essential for us, and it is important that we do not lose him. But it is equally important that everyone is happy.'

Miccoli, who has 10 caps for Italy, has been at Palermo for the lastthree years, scoring 40 goals in 86 appearances, and helping them tofifth place in Serie A last season.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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