Di Vaio's Torino pledge
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Monaco's Marco Di Vaio has admitted he has agreed to join Torino, should he return to Italy.
Monaco marksman Marco Di Vaio has admitted he has an agreement to join Torino, should he return to Italy.
The former Juventus man left the Azzurri's shores in the summer of 2004, when moving to Valencia.
He then signed for Monaco at the end of last season after impressing on loan, but ASM have struggled in the league this term.
Speculation has therefore arisen surrounding Di Vaio's future, and the Rome-born frontman has revealed there is some truth behind links with the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
"The decision is not up to me," Di Vaio told La Stampa, when asked about a possible move to Torino.
"I have a contract with Monaco until 2008, and I'm not interested in a six-month loan.
"This summer I spoke with Torino president Urbano Cairo about his plans.
"He's a serious and ambitious person, but I had already given my word to Monaco.
"But we left with a promise that should I come back to Italy, Torino would be my first choice, and not just because of the side's history."
Torino have made a good start to the season, but have scored just 14 goals in 18 games so far, and with Monaco still struggling in the league, it could take a sizeable sum to prise Di Vaio away from France in January.