Alberto Aquilani has moved to Portugal to play for Sporting Lisbon.
His signing for Sporting was confirmed yesterday on a social networking website.
Aquilani had been at Fiorentina since 2012, but, at the expiration of his contract at the end of the previous season, the Italian club did not show any interest in extending his stay and he was allowed to depart.
He had been a free agent for the last one and half months and was in conversation with quite a few clubs from different parts of the world.
Eventually, it happened to be Sporting Lisbon which managed to seal his services.
Aquilani’s Football is believed to be on the down now. He has not had a good time in club Football in the recent times as a result of which he has not been able to play any international match in the last couple of years.
Although, he was in the squad of Italy that had gone to Brazil to contend for World Cup, but, he only warmed the benches there.
He had featured in qualifiers, but, in the main tournament, he did not get used.
Recently, in an interview, Aquilani emphasized that he had not given up on making a comeback for Italy and he was hoping to get a club where he could express himself and produce his top game.
But, it’s hard to say that going to Sporting will do any good to his chances of an international comeback.
So far Aquilani has won 38 caps for Italy. His performances have been inconsistent and that’s the reason he has been in and out of the team.
He would himself agree that with his ability, he should have scored more goals in the games that he has played in Italy jersey.
His international goals’ tally show only 5.