Michael Bradley sounds like a player who is ready to face the next challenge. The American midfielder enjoys playing soccer in Italy, but he thinks it may be time for him to leave Chievo Verona for a more prestigious club, according to Football Italia.
"In Verona I am very happy, but it is clear that my dream is to one day play for a big club," Bradley reportedly told Calciomercato.It. "Are Roma and Napoli interested? I read in the papers of possible interest from these teams and obviously it is always nice to see your name linked with such clubs.
"I'm really in love with Italy and its calcio, which is why I'd rather continue my adventure in this country even if I have to leave Chievo. My agent is in constant contact with the director Sartori, but right now I only want to do well with my national team and aim to close this season in the best way."
Bradley, 24, was a hit in his debut season in Serie A. His consistent performances over 35 games helped Chievo achieve a respectable 10th-place finish in the Italian top-flight.
The drive and composure he displayed in central midfield not only earned him the nickname "General Bradley," it also brought widespread speculation about a potential transfer in the near future. The 24-year-old is currently in America with the national team, but could switch the yellow jersey of Chievo for Palermo's pink before the end of June.
"Palermo is one of the most important teams in the Italian League," Bradley said. "They have a huge audience that follows them and a great tradition. When I played at the Rosanero's home with Chievo last season, I was fascinated by the beauty of the stadium and the passion transmitted from the fans in the stands."
Bradley's success in Italian soccer is blazing a new trail for American players. It also alerted Italian clubs to the talent that exists in this country. Each height Bradley reaches opens more doors through which others can walk.
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