Taddei may play for Italy
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
It is being rumoured in Italy that Brazilian playmaker Rodrigo Taddei may opt to become an Italian citizen and therefore have the chance to play for the national team. The 25-year-old has some Italian ancestry, with his grandfather being Italian.
Taddei originally hoped he would play for his birth nation of Brazil, but it seems that current manager Carlos Alberto Parreira is not keen on him.
"Rodrigo awaits a signal from Brazil. He's really bound to his country and wearing the jersey is his dream. But should there be any interest from the Italian Football Federation there could be a change," Taddei's agent, Alessandro Lucci, told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Rodrigo feels really good in Italy, it is his second home and soon he will have double citizenship."
Should Taddei decide to play for the Azzurri it will be the second time in recent years that such a situation has occurred.
Two years ago Mauro German Camoranesi saw that the avenues towards the Argentinean national side were closed and therefore decided that he wanted to play for Italy and was immediately picked.