Ex-Saints target Astori staying in Italy

Davide Astori

Davide Astori

First published in Sport

FORMER Saints target Davide Astori has signed a three-year contract extension with Cagliari.

The 27-year-old Italian centre-back had been linked with Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and, more recently, Championship club Leeds, who are now owned by Cagliari's former president Massimo Cellino.

Astori has also repeatedly been linked with Saints since the club returned to the top flight two summers ago.

But the defender, who made his debut for the Sardinians in 2008, has decided to remain at the Stadio Sant'Elia for another three years.

He told Cagliari's official website: "I've been here six years now and I've grown up and matured while in Sardinia.

"I wanted to show my gratitude to Cagliari. I thank president (Tommaso) Giulini: it is a decision we took together."

The Lombardy-born player spent five years in AC Milan's youth system before joining Cagliari, for whom he has made 140 Serie A appearances and scored three goals.

His commanding performances in the Rossoblu shirt have earned him wider recognition across Europe and he has also appeared seven times for Italy, scoring once against Brazil in 2013.

Cagliari director of sport Francesco Marroccu said: "We are extremely proud we have kept hold of one of our greatest professionals.

"Davide was in the last year of his contract and so the fact he wanted to renew with us shows he has great faith in the club."

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8:35am Thu 24 Jul 14

jls217 says...

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10:44am Thu 24 Jul 14

Alicesdad says...

Astori was never coming here. Pure press puff.
Astori was never coming here. Pure press puff. Alicesdad
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11:19am Thu 24 Jul 14

coljam007 says...

I respect the decision made by David Astori that he has decided to stay with the club that has supported him for the last 5yrs and that he feels at home there. Mr Lovern, Mr Schniederlin (Mr Pochettino before them) take note and listen to what Mr Koeman is planning.
I respect the decision made by David Astori that he has decided to stay with the club that has supported him for the last 5yrs and that he feels at home there. Mr Lovern, Mr Schniederlin (Mr Pochettino before them) take note and listen to what Mr Koeman is planning. coljam007
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11:20am Thu 24 Jul 14

SwedeSaint says...

So a story about previous targets for a previous manager. Start reporting on some current Saints news please Echo - this is tiresome and very un-interesting!
So a story about previous targets for a previous manager. Start reporting on some current Saints news please Echo - this is tiresome and very un-interesting! SwedeSaint
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7:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

That messes the Max Bygrave joke up.
That messes the Max Bygrave joke up. OSPREYSAINT
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