"Having played so many years here in Parma (13) and having enjoyed so much satisfaction by winning European trophies, Italian Cups and leading this team as captain, I lived my dreams here. Last year I lived through all the bitterness, disappointment and anger the people of Parma went through. Even though I was with Slovenian side Gorica when Parma came calling I couldn't say no, they wanted me to bring Parma back again, knowing the fans like I do, it was only right I do so as we have a special attachment. This attachment can still be seen today, I remember when we were eliminated by CSKA Sofia on away goals and 'The Boys' gave me a plaque saying there was no greater satisfaction that the effort we were showing, this bonded us even more."
"The new Parma? when I arrived I asked to speak directly to Lucarelli in private, when you begin a journey like that with the difficulties that may come out you must be prepared for all to be on the same path and to put the past behind us. I started my speech my saying that on the pitch Lucarelli is me, off it Lucarelli represents all of you, anything that you need to be brought into question you speak with Lucarelli as he is our leader. Speaking to him (Lucarelli) I could see in his eyes the desire to drive this new project forward, to pull out the wounded pride of this city and disappointment caused by the behaviour of some people who he and this city had believed in."
"My secret dream? There are many dreams, one of these is to continue to climb here."
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