Former Liverpool Midfielder Aquilani joins Las Palmas
Alberto Aquilani, the one-time Liverpool midfielder has joined Las Palmas from Pescara in Serie A.
The 33-year-old has joined the La Liga club on a two-year-deal and will fill gap caused by the departure of controversial but flamboyant former Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Aquilani has had a much-travelled career in that he has never really settled at a particular club apart from Roma where he started his journey in the game and spent a decade.
He only made 102 appearances during his time in Rome due primarily to a spate of injuries.
His other major move was to the Premier League and Liverpool. The then boss Rafael Benitez splashed out £22million on the former Italian international.
He came to Merseyside with the reputation as being a cultured playmaker who liked to play the ball around. In three seasons at Anfield, he never quite got to grips with the pace of the English game and he was often seen as lightweight.
He kept on getting injured there and the propensity for getting knocks would plague him throughout his career.
He would then have spells with Juventus, Milan, Fiorentina, Sporting CP, as well as Pescara.
He has never fulfilled his undoubted potential, which is a shame, but even when he was at Liverpool, you could see the ability was there but you always felt an injury was just around the corner.
Aquilani was certainly happy at the move to Las Palmas, which of course is on the beautiful Spanish island of Gran Canaria, and he spoke to the media about the move.
“I’m physically fine to play. Prince told me this is an amazing place to play,” he said in an interview with the official club website.
“I really wanted to play in the Spanish League. It is a new adventure for me after playing in Italy, England and Portugal.
“I come to UD Las Palmas to contribute with my experience. I consider myself a very sacrificed player."