Di Canio: I can’t sign Gino with his problems
PAOLO DI CANIO has revealed that an old injury means Argentinian full-back Gino Peruzzi won’t be joining Sunderland after all.
Just a day after the 21-year-old’s club Velez Sarsfield claimed the deal would go through after Sunderland return from the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Di Canio said the deal had been put on hold because of a problem revealed by a medical on Wearside last week.
The Black Cats boss said: “At the moment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us.”
Di Canio thought he had landed the rightback after he had finally agreed personal terms, only for medical tests to reveal the after-effects of a ligament injury he suffered last season.
The Italian insisted: “My club is not a club that can sign players with some problems.
“We’re not Manchester City, who can think about buying a talented player with an injury and wait for him.
“We are not very late in the transfer window but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group, because the process of integration is not just physical.
“They have to understand how we play, which is not easy.”
After his medical setback, Peruzzi was sent to see a specialist in Rome – and Velez were confident he would still complete his move.
“Sunderland requested permission to subject Gino Peruzzi to a final evaluation at the Villa Stuart Sporting Clinic in Rome, which is directed by the renowned Professor Pier Paolo Mariani,” said a Velez stgatement.
“The evaluation had a positive result with Prof Mariani recommending specific work on the affected muscle area.”
NO DEAL: Di Canio