Luciano reveals Premier League dream

IPSWICH Town's new signing Luciano Civelli today revealed that his dream is to play in the Premier League.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's new signing Luciano Civelli today revealed that his dream is to play in the Premier League.

And the Argentinean midfielder, who is expected to be Town's only transfer window signing, has asked for the

number 13 shirt and could prove a lucky charm for the Blues.


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The 22-year-old talked to the Evening Star today before taking part in his first training session with his new team mates.

“I have watched the Premier League on television all the time and my dream is to play in that division,” said the player signed from Club Atletico Banfield for a reported �1.1 million.

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“And I hope this will be with Ipswich.

“Ipswich's facilities and stadium are as good as the big clubs in Argentina.

“I am a fan of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, watching their style and trying to learn from them, but my main position is on the left side.”

Civelli, who learned English at school, revealed that it was last August when he learned that Ipswich were looking at him.

He went on: “Banfield were not keen for me to leave and it has taken a while for the deal to be done.

“I have wanted to move to play in one of the top European leagues - in Italy, Spain or England, and I am very happy that it has turned out to be England, and Ipswich.”

Town manager Jim Magilton will see Civelli in action today before deciding on whether he will be included in his squad for Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship game against Plymouth at Portman Road.

If Civelli can give the Blues a little good fortune this could be the difference between them claiming a Premier League place or not.

Civelli, who holds an Italian passport and needs no work permit, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract that will tie him to Portman Road until the summer of 2012 and follows Mauricio Taricco - an Argentinean who became a big hit at Portman Road after signing in 1994.

Town chief executive Derek Bowden clarified the make up of the deal which sees the Blues taking 100% of Civelli's federative rights, his registration, and 50% of his economic rights, but with an option to buy the other 50%.

Bowden said: “If you translate the way that it's been expressed into English, we own 100% of the player and Banfield have a 50% sell-on, as simple as that. And we have an option to buy that sell-on if we wish to before a given date at a set price.

“It's totally and utterly different from the situation with Tevez and Mascherano.”

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