Former France striker David Trezeguet was in Spain on Monday
looking to finalize a two-year deal with newly promoted club
The 32-year-old Trezeguet was meeting with the Alicante-based
team two days after leaving Juventus, where he spent 10
Trezeguet said he rejected offers from Italy, France and England
– including Liverpool – to start ”a new adventure” and fulfill
his dream of playing in Spain.
”I want to know the Spanish championship,” Trezeguet was
quoted as saying by Spanish media. ”It was an important objective
in my career.”
Trezeguet said he is experiencing the same feelings as he did
when he signed for Juventus shortly after scoring the goal that won
the 2000 European Championship – something he views as a good sign.
He was also a member of France’s 1998 World Cup winning team.
”It’s very important to arrive motivated like when I signed for
the first time in Italy,” the former Monaco striker said. ”With
the desire and expectations of having a good campaign alongside
Trezeguet and Juventus parted ways after he struggled to get
into the starting lineup last season and the Turin club no longer
wanted to pay his contract, which was worth ?4.5 million ($5.7
million) per season.
Trezeguet won four Serie A titles with Juventus and two more
that were revoked in the Italian match-fixing scandal. He missed a
key penalty in a shootout to hand AC Milan the 2003 Champions
League title, although penalties were never his strength. He was an
expert finisher inside the area, often needing only one quick touch
Trezeguet showed his dedication to Juventus by remaining with
the club when it was relegated to Serie B for 2006-07 for its role
in the scandal.
He was Serie A’s joint top scorer with 24 goals in 2001-02 and
might have scored many more goals for Juventus had he not been
often injured, undergoing numerous surgeries.