Miccoli - Heart is with Palermo

Striker has no plans of leaving Sicilian giants for Premier League

Miccoli: Enjoying Serie A

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Long-term Birmingham target Fabrizio Miccoli admits that he does not regret turning down an offer from the West Midlands outfit because his 'heart' is with Palermo.

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The Italian striker rejected a four-year contract from the Premier League club, who finished ninth in their first campaign back in the top flight, to stay with the Serie A club where he is under contract for another two more years.

The 31-year-old has had an impressive stint at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, scoring an impressive 40 goals in 86 appearances over the past three seasons.

He said: "I showed everyone the contract that Birmingham offered me.

"Two and a half million euros net per season for the next four years, double what I earn at Palermo. But I chose with my heart."

Despite snubbing Alex McLeish's Blues, the number 10 has not ruled out ending his career overseas.

"Would I at 36 go to Dubai like (former Inter Milan defender Fabio) Cannavaro?" said Miccoli.

"I would, but not for the life experience or in order for my children to learn languages.

"I would honestly play in Dubai just for the money."

In the meantime, the former Fiorentina and Juventus star has big ambitions with Palermo following their impressive fifth-placed finish in the top flight last season.

"I would love to win a trophy," continued Miccoli.

"The Europa League is fascinating but also to win the Coppa Italia would give me a lot of satisfaction. Our aim is to qualify for the Champions League next season.

"I intend to pick up where I left off last season, when I scored 19 goals. I believe I can repeat the same feat."