One of Italy’s brightest goalkeeping prospects, Federico Marchetti, is going to have to pay the price for disloyalty by being frozen out on the bench until January for his club, Cagliari. The reasons for this are his comments in which he stated to the media that he definitely wanted to leave the club, with Arsenal making the strongest offer. No agreement was able to be made during the summer, however, and Cagliari’s president wasn’t particularly pleased with Marchetti’s remarks. As a consequence, the Italian will have to train with the reserves and be forced to watch videos of the first team for the rest of his time at the club.

It’s a move that not too many clubs have the guts to do. Leaving out one of your star players for whatever reason may not seem wise to some, but as the GK position is so important, you feel you need someone back there who is fully committed to your club and doesn’t have his head elsewhere. The 27-year old still has a good chance of being sold in January, which will restart his career, but I’m sure right now he’s regretting the things he said. You need to have a bit more respect for the fans and consideration for the club that pays your wages, after all.

As Massimo Cellino, Cagliari’s president said: “he’s a great guy, but he’ll have to pay for his nonsense”. True words indeed.


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