"Before the end of the season I had already said I would remain and play another season, now it is official, I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to play here for another season because initially last year I said this would have been my last season however my appetite for the game remains the same, the enthusiasm around the city excites me and I am still in good physical shape so in the end it was an easy choice to make. I am proud to still be part of this team and proud to wear this shirt for the ninth season in a row. For now we will go and rest for the summer and aim to come back and have another winning season next year. Parma has two captains? Yes, Minotti and Lucarelli, Minotti from behind the desk an myself on the field, we are two guys who absolutely love this place and we are both remaining here, this must be nice for the fans. The goal again for next season will be to try and win the championship, yes it is a step up and it will be more difficult with a lot of important teams but we are Parma and I presume that even in Lega Pro the name Parma is still an important one and we will still be the team to beat and the most important one. Yes I can now go off and enjoy a holiday this year, as last year that was impossible with everything going on, it feels more like ten years rather than one, let just say that last year came with the perfect ending with us winning the championship after the horrendous start to 2015. These next few days are important for the club as we decide who stays and who has to part company with the club, this is football people come and people go, it will be difficult though as a lot of these guys go beyond team mates but instead close personal friends. Everybody from the group an the staff will always be remembered in the history of Parma what has been achieved this season and I would like to offer a personal thanks to each and everyone of them. We have lay an important basis this year for this club and for next season and I am convinced the people we get in will continue to build this club. When I decided to continue? This year I have played 38 out of a possible 40, I missed two through suspension, yes the level is not as high as it has been in previous years however the league was physically challenging. I am 39 in July and I know that I can not go on forever, when I feel I can no longer continue I will be the first to raise my hand and step aside, I do not want to be a burden on anyone and I do not want to receive any special treatment because I am captain, when I can not longer play I will know and I will step aside. I have already said this is a great group we have here, yes we will have to bring people in, we will be looking to improve in all positions, I am convinced the club will do this because we all want to win but I stress the personnel who do come in must have the same values and desire as the group this year."
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