Udinese’s talisman and captain inspirational Antonio di Natale has revealed that he turned down a move to Liverpool, twice in his career. Di Natale spoke to SportsWeek in an interview and said, “The only team I would like to play for is Liverpool. The stadium and the atmosphere is amazing.”
Although a transfer now would be completely out of the question, as Antonio di Natale came out of retirement to play for Udinese, this comments however compliments the international pedigree of Liverpool.
According to Antionio di Natale, Liverpool tried to sign him when Dossena was transferred from Udinese to Liverpool.
“When they took (Andrea) Dossena from Udinese is 2008, they also spoke with me, but it came to nothing.”
The 37 year old has also rejected big money moves to various other clubs, in Europe and Italy, like Juventus. An Udinese symbol since he first joined from Empoli, Antonio di Natale has been a star for the bianconeri
“I did it because this is an important club, I owe a lot to the Pozzo family who allowed me to become who I am today and to the city. The Friuli people taught me the culture of hard work and respect,” Di Natale explained
The legendary Italian, also explained his decision to come out of retirement and play.
“It was a difficult time for the team and for me,” he told SportWeek. “ My father was seriously ill, Udinese had lost six games between October and January.”
“The criticism was also bad, not for me, but for the group. When things go wrong we need to feel the support of the people. But, once the dust has settled, and after some time by the sea I was convinced to continue.
“I have been with the club for 10 years, and with the milestone of 200 goals to break and if my body holds up.”
“But if I take a step back, my decision also came about because of president Pozzo. He made me feel important.”
Antonio di Natale also understands that a future role for him at Udinese off the pitch, might be on the cards.
“I spoke to him about the new stadium and I know that I can have a future off the pitch here. Not as a coach though, as it is difficult to deal with players.” he explained
Antonio di Natale, has been one of the leading light in Italy. The 37 year old who was born in Naples, had been an instrumental figure in Empoli, scoring 49 goals in 158 appearances, before being elated to a legendary status in Udinese wherein he scored 181 goals in 339 appearances. Antonio di Natale, is famous for his finesse shots and his burst of speed. The Italian has also won awards like Italian Footballer of the Year and the highly coveted Serie A Top Scorer.