Alberto Aquilani reveals former teammate urged him to join Las Palmas
Former Italy international Alberto Aquilani has revealed that he agreed to join Spanish club Las Palmas following a heart-to-heart talk with former AC Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The 33-year-old signed for the La Liga minnows on a two-year contract and is expected to fill the void left by the Ghanaian.
In a report covered by ESPN, the former AS Roma man admitted that Boateng had a huge role to play in enticing him to join the Yellow Canary, he said: "Prince told me this is an amazing place to play and I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in my career. As well as technique and experience, I can offer other physical and mental aspects and footballing characteristics… everything I know. [LaLiga] has always been attractive to me and although I had other offers I decided to come to Las Palmas. I like the way the team plays and the way they move the ball around. Las Palmas have very good players and I’m looking to working together."
Prior to Aquilani's move to Gran Canaria, Boateng mutually terminated his contract with Las Palmas after he cited irreversible personal reasons' for the decision. He has since joined German club Eintracht Frankfurt on a three-year deal, where he has already found the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, Aquilani tore up his contract with Pescara earlier in the summer after they were relegated back to Serie B. The Italian had spent the second half of the previous campaign with fellow Italian club Sassuolo, but he was not able to receive a permanent deal.
The 33-year-old has been out of the Italian national side over the past three years, and he is more or less fighting a lost battle to return to Gian Piero Ventura's side, who are more focused on youth nowadays. The move to Spain will provide a fresh challenge for Aquilani, who has previously spent time abroad in Portugal and England.