Cairo confirms Sirigu ‘not happy’ at Torino

Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu

Torino President Urbano Cairo confirms Salvatore Sirigu is on the market because he ‘hasn’t looked very happy to be here’ in recent months.

The veteran goalkeeper was already dropped for several weeks during the last campaign after clashes with the club hierarchy, before coach Davide Nicola brought him back in.

It was also reported that he would be pushed out again this term, despite the fact he is currently Italy’s second choice at UEFA EURO 2020.

“For the moment, he is still with us,” said Cairo at the presentation press conference for new coach Ivan Juric.

“He hasn’t looked very happy to be here over the last season. Maybe he had different ambitions, so it could well be only right to make him happy and give him the opportunity to do what he considers to be best.”

There are reports Torino could terminate Sirigu’s contract a year early, allowing him to choose his next club as a free agent.

“He is 34 years old, but goalkeepers have long careers and he might have different desires. It’s not that Sirigu isn’t attached to the Torino jersey, but if he isn’t entirely committed to staying, or maybe thought he could do something else, that could weaken his position.

“I have absolute admiration and respect for him, we’ve always got along well, but motivation is important.”

Cairo also confirmed that Vanja Milinkovic-Savic will be promoted to first choice goalkeeper for Torino, with new signing Etrit Berisha as his understudy.

The younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic made several appearances last season, but his performances provided mixed results.