Parma respond to criticism from Daily Mail and Martin Samuel
The English newspaper published an article that took a hit at clubs with who have too many players out on loan or co-owned with other teams and they named the Italian side as one of the main clubs guilty of this.
The article, which was written by Martin Samuel, also pointed out that the Crociati currently have 109 players out on loan and co-own another 44 players with other clubs.
“Parma have no money, but they do have a plan. They collect players and place them with rivals to develop. Nursery clubs, trading partners,” read an excerpt from the article.
“If it works, they take the dividend; if it does not, nothing is lost. It is the ultimate shift from transfer market to cattle market. The club figure that, if just 30 per cent of the herd progress, the project is a triumph. And for the 70 per cent discarded? Well, what were they anyway? Names, numbers. A list on a website.”
Leonardi reacted to this during a press conference and claimed that the article’s writer was clueless in the matter.
“In my view, this man knows nothing, but I accept it and thank him, because he gave us publicity,” said the general manager.
“They don’t know what they’re talking about. If this writer knows nothing, that’s his problem. Just try asking the players how we treat them and they are free to respond, especially those who have left.”