Marco Amelia made his name with Italy before dropping off the scene in 2014. He spent part of last season with Perugia, but didn’t play.
Amelia, 33, won the 2006 World Cup with Italy and has Serie A titles with Roma and Milan. In an interesting aside, he left Milan in 2014 to join amateur side Rocco Priora in Italy’s fifth tier.
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Chelsea only named 19 players over the age of 21 in their 25-man Premier League squad, including five who count as home grown, which means they could apply to sign and register a free agent outside the transfer window.
It’s a unique move for a unique character, who eschewed higher profile jobs to be technical director and registered amateur for Rocco Priora. He’s also played at Lecce, Genoa, Palermo, Parma and Livorno.
“Maybe I expected a bit more, also because there was no transfer fee to be paid and I’ve never been obsessed with money,” Amelia said to Il Tirreno after the move. “I got plenty of offers from abroad and had a few chats with Italian clubs, but nothing came of anything, and not for economic reasons.