Di Canio: The Club Want To Sell Me

Last updated : 17 January 2002 By Mike Reich
Paolo: Remember how much he's worth?
Paolo di Canio, who is still our Paolo, has revealed on his website, at www.icons.com that he is up for sale at West Ham, at the right price:

"All I can say is that as you now know, there has been an official approach from Manchester United for my services and although West Ham turned down the initial offer, they have indicated they would accept a bid of around £3 million, which shows that they'd be willing to sell me for the right price.

"I don't know what the next move will be but I will say that I'm extremely flattered that one of the greatest clubs in the world are interested in me. Manchester United have looked at what I do when I'm on the pitch and how I live my life away from football and decided that they would like me to play for them. I consider this a massive compliment.

"I think that everyone at West Ham, the players, the management and the fans, should also feel proud that one of their players has caught the eye of Manchester United and Alex Ferguson. It reflects well on everyone.

"There has been pressure on me with all this speculation but I'm too big a man to let it break me. I'm lucky enough to be able to respond to that pressure on the pitch. I'm a winner and I can go out there every week and prove it, just as I did against Leicester City on Saturday.

"I know a lot was said about my reaction at the end of the game but I don't see that as a big deal. Whenever we win, I am overjoyed and emotional and I always make a point of thanking the fans and celebrating with them. So you shouldn't read anything special into last Saturday.

"All I can say in closing is that I'm currently a West Ham United player and happy to be one. I continue to work and train hard to give my all to this club, which I feel a great deal of passion for."

Thank you Paolo. For making it clear to the press, that your actions at the end of the Leicester match were emotions flying high, and it was clear that he still loved the club, and was merely attempting to express those feelings.

I hope that the board realise the love that the fans have for Paolo di Canio, and the value he has for the club - before it's too late.