Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

Udinese midfielder Putting Genoa in the Past

January signing says he is putting his time at in the past.

The German playmaker played the first half of both this season and last with the Marassi outfit, but despite his good play, Merkel could never consistently get into the Genoa starting XI. He is now looking toward his future with his new team.

“With all due respect to my ex-teammates, Genoa represent my past,” he told the Udinese website. “My present and future proudly carry the name of Udinese.”

When asked about new manager Francesco Guidolin, Merkel said, ” He is an excellent Coach who helps all of us, especially those who play less throughout a season.”

Merkel played only six times this season for Genoa prior to his move to the Zebrette, and is coming off a serious knee injury that kept him out of the second half of last season.

In 19 matches with the Grifone, Merkel tallied just one goal and two assists.

Follow  on Twitter @CalcioFarmerDrew is the Forzaitalianfootball.com Genoacorrespondent and also hosts the Forzaitalianfootball.com weekly Club Focus podcast. 

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Drew Farmer

- Drew has been a member of the Forza Italian Football staff for the past three years. Drew covers his beloved Genoa CFC during the Serie A season and produces, writes and hosts the Club Focus Podcast. When he's not writting, Drew can be found teaching English in Manchester. Drew has also contributed to MLSTalk.com, EPLTalk.com, Soccerly and Bleacher Report.

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