Maccarone in dark about trialist
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
REPORTS in Italy have suggested that Middlesbrough are about to take ex-Empoli striker Massimiliano Cappellini on trial after a recommendation from former team-mate Massimo Maccarone, but the Italian international has denied this.
The ageing Cappellini was released by Empoli in the summer, whilst his strike-partner Maccarone joined Boro in a record-breaking £8 million deal.
It had been suggested that Boro were set to hand Capellini a week's trial with the club on the back of a tip-off from Maccarone.
However, the young Italian has told planetfootball.com that he knows nothing of this.
"For now as far as I know, Cappellini is not coming to Middlesbrough," said Maccarone.
"He is currently training in Florence and I do not think he is coming, but you can never say what will happen in the future."
31-year-old Cappellini started his career at Milan in the late 1980s, after which he moved to Monza, Piacenza (twice), Atalanta, Como, and Foggia, before joining Empoli in 1996.
He was out-of-contract at the newly-promoted Serie A side and left the club after they decided not to renew his deal.
It remains to be seen whether Steve McClaren will take a look at the veteran Italian.