MOTTA AIMS TO TAKE ON CITIZENS
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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