Western United added one of the final key pieces of their squad today with the official unveiling of new Italian attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti.
A career veteran of more than 400 games, Diamanti, 36, has had top-flight stints in the Italian Serie A and English Premier League as well as playing in the Asian Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 17 cap Italian International – which took in the 2012 Euros – joins Western United from Serie B side Livorno where he scored 10 goals and provided 7 assists last season.
Diamanti said today it was the Western United's vision that brought him to Melbourne for the club's debut season in the A-League.
“I have played all around the world, with world class clubs and team mates," he said.
"Western United stood out to me after speaking with the coaches and staff, and hearing how they plan on having an impact in their first season in the A-League.
"It’s exciting to join a club in a country where the popularity of football is growing so quickly.”
WUFC head coach Mark Rudan added: “Alessandro is a player of enormous quality with fantastic pedigree who possesses the X-factor we’ve been searching for.
"He’s a player that will excite our fans and work hard for his team mates”