After two long years of absence, Alessio Cerci will be gracing Vicente Calderon again.
The above-mentioned report are far from being mere speculation for Atletico Madrid’s very own manager, Diego Simeone confirmed it.
Simeone shared that the Italian winger is included in his Copa del Rey roster where they will be meeting Guijuelo.
The Cerci saga began when he joined Atletico in the summer of 2014. His impressive exploits at Torino caught the attention of many. Though his role at the Turin outfit was best remembered as a support to Ciro Immobile, he was able to make a name for himself and attracted interest from various clubs, but he settled at Vicente Calderon for a €16M fee.
Sadly, his stay was not as productive as many expected. Since his arrival, he could only deliver a single goal and that was against Malmo in the Champions League.
The following year, he was loaned to Milan in exchange for Fernando Torres. Many hoped that a return to Italy will help him address his scoring drought. But then again, he was unable to feature.
Just like in Atletico, he has only generated a single goal in his 33 appearances.
This prompted the Rosonneris not to extend his deal and loan him to Genoa.
He benefitted from the said loan as he was able to get back his scoring touches. Yet, it looks like the series of unfortunate event that he has to go through is far from being over.
While at Genoa, he has managed to score four goals in his 11 appearances, but he has to return to the sideline after incurring a serious knee injury.
It was only this Monday that he was given the green light to play again.
“I never leave anyone out in the cold, I always want to give players opportunities. He has been through a rough time and he will get a chance. He may get some playing time so he can feel like a footballer again,” Simeone said.
With his return, the club is optimistic that he will be able to add to the squad’s scoring options.