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Friday, January 9, 2009
Donati ready to take pay cut to seal move

Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati has revealed he is prepared to take a substantial pay cut to return to Italy.

The 27-year-old has been a bit-part player for the Scottish champions this season and would welcome a move to Atalanta, where he started his career.

''I am very devoted to Atalanta,'' said Donati, who joined Celtic from AC Milan on a four-year contract in June 2007.

''I only know that in Bergamo someone really appreciates me and, if they would like me, I'd be ready to talk. For sure, Celtic won't stand on my departure.

''I am getting on well in Scotland but they know Italy is my home and I know one day I'll be back in Bergamo. It could be in the summer or it could be in two years.

''Atalanta are performing well in the championship [Serie A]. They've got very good skilled midfielders. My possible deal would mean a further option for them.''

He added: ''I'd be available to deal with any of Atalanta's requirements - it's the club that made me a player.

''Maybe not a 50% cut of my salary but if we should come to discuss things seriously there wouldn't be any problem.''

Meanwhile, Coventry's Iceland midfielder Aron Gunnarsson claims Celtic are interested in signing him - but he is happy to stay with the Coca-Cola Championship club.

The 19-year-old said in the Daily Express: ''Celtic, Everton and Stoke City are all interested, but I don't see the point in leaving Coventry.

''As far as I know, Coventry are doing okay financially and I don't think they particularly want to sell me.''




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