Rossi, Macheda, Petrucci….. now Massacci?
Posted by nickogs20 on July 3, 2009
In what appears to be becoming an annual event, United have seemingly secured the services of another promising Italian youngster – this time 16 year-old defender Alberto Massacci from Empoli.
Massacci, a right-back born on May 27th 1993 in the city of Siena, has already undergone a medical and will fly over to Manchester this coming weekend to link up with his new team-mates ahead of the start of pre-season training.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Massacci spoke of a conversation with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, and of his excitement (and understandable trepidation) as his imminent move:
“When Sir Alex Ferguson rang me up, I couldn’t believe it, I had an hour-long conversation with him, in English. He seemed a humble person and nobody from the club made the pressure of an historic side weigh on my shoulders.
“In life a chance like this only comes past you once, so you’ve got to grab it with both hands. It isn’t an easy decision aged 16 to leave home, family and friends, but I don’t want to have regrets.
Massacci was apparently spotted by United’s chief Italian scout David Williams at the international Gallini tournament in Pordenone last year, where he was voted the tournament’s best player. As he says, it’s a big step for a 16 year-old to leave his family and friends behind to move to a new country, but Messrs Rossi, Macheda and Petrucci have proved it is manageable in recent years, and the latter pair should provide immediate help and comfort for the new arrival as he settles in.
Massacci is the second defender to be brought in from another club to bolster this year’s crop of first-years, following the signing of Charlton’s Sean McGinty yesterday. They figure to compete for places in the academy back four with homegrown products like Tom Thorpe and Zeki Fryers, as well as second-years Reece Brown and Scott Wootton.
More on the new boy as and when we get it.