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Australia tempts Legrottagile

Catania defender Nicola Legrottaglie is tempted to follow his compatriot Alessandro Del Piero's lead by moving to the Australian A-League at the end of his contract.

The 36-year-old has paid close attention to the exploits of his former Juventus team-mate Del Piero, who ended a 19-year association with the Bianconeri to join Sydney FC in September. The 38-year-old striker has scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Sky Blues.

Catania are currently eighth in the Serie A table and bidding to secure the highest domestic finish in their history, but Legrottaglie would not be too offended if the Sicilians decided not to use him in the Europa League next season.

He told La Repubblica: "I've not spoken with the club yet. I'm happy here but if the club decide not to offer a new contract then I'll consider other offers, even from abroad.

"The idea of playing in Australia fascinates me. Age doesn't matter, I'm in good shape and taking one year at a time. At my age you can't really talk about long-term plans."

The Rossazzurri will need to dislodge Udinese, Fiorentina and AC Milan to claim fifth place and a maiden European campaign but Legrottaglie is optimistic.

"We can't hide any longer," he added.

"Catania are competing with teams that want a Europa League place.

"I want us to get a European place and we need to think about getting across the finish line. We can't just settle for draws any more, we need to go for the win in every game."