Blackburn and QPR turn to Italy great Del Piero with World Cup winner set to leave Juventus
Blackburn and QPR are leading the way in England in the chase for Italian legend Alessandro del Piero.
The 37-year-old Juventus star has been told he will not have his contract renewed at the end of the current campaign, yet he remains determined to continue playing.
Del Piero, who has been with Juventus since 1993, remains a fan favourite in Turin but has seen his influence on the pitch dwindle in recent seasons. He has started just three Serie A matches – making a total of 12 appearances – and is yet to find the net.
In the pink: Juventus” Alessandro Del Piero will leave the club at the end of the season
However, the 2006 World Cup winner firmly believes he can continue to make an impact at the highest level.
Del Piero, who has won five Serie A titles in what has largely been a one-club career, said: “I won”t stop playing. There is just Juventus in my future for now. All that I am thinking about is this Serie A season and the Bianconeri.
“The hope is that we”ll be able to do well in 2012 all of the things that we did well in 2011.”
Domestic rivals AC Milan were the first to register an interest in the free-kick specialist when news first broke of his planned departure, but now it seems the Premier League is leading the pursuit from overseas.
Blackburn”s owners, the Venkeys, have long sought a marquee signing since taking over at Ewood Park, and Steve Kean would welcome the experience to a largely youthful forward line.
Neil Warnock, meanwhile, has seen his expensively assembled strike force fail to sparkle on their return to the Premier League, with Swansea the only side to score fewer goals than QPR in the top flight.
Rovers are also lining up a bid for Watford striker Marvin Sordell, but face competition from relegation contenders Bolton for the 5m man.