The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

MARCO Motta has re­vealed he al­most moved to Manch­ester City dur­ing the Roberto Mancini era – and now the Wat­ford right-back in­tends to line up against them next sea­son.

The 28-year-old signed for the Hor­nets last week af­ter be­ing re­leased by Ju­ven­tus and made his de­but in Tues­day’s 1-0 win over Ful­ham.

That victory leaves Wat­ford well placed to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion in the Cham­pi­onship run-in.

Five years ago, the Italy in­ter­na­tional, then of Roma and hav­ing pre­vi­ously turned out for Udi­nese, Ata­lanta and Torino, was asked to re­main in Rome by the club’s own­ers rather than link up with the then-City boss Mancini. And Motta wants to make up for lost time.

“I was close to mov­ing to the Pre­mier League with Manch­ester City in 2010 when Roma were fight­ing for the Scud­etto. I called Roberto Mancini but Gial­lorossi of­fi­cials con­vinced me not to go and I didn’t sign the deal,” he said.

“I could have stayed in Serie A but I have wanted to play in Eng­land for a long time. Now I want to make up for lost time and play in the Pre­mier League. Here the foot­ball is less poi­sonous than it is at the top of the Euro­pean game.”


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