The striker has been out of action since October, 2011 after rupturing his cruciate ligament in a match against Real Madrid, yet this has not prevented him being linked with a host of European clubs, most noticeably Juventus, Napoli and Inter from Serie A and also several Premier League sides. Pastorello believes the 25-year-old, nicknamed ‘Il Bambino’, will find it difficult to remain with the Spaniards after the end of this season, given Villarreal have struggled in La Liga this term and had a poor Champions League group stage when they were eliminated without gaining a single point.
“I am due to catch a flight to Spain to have lunch with Giuseppe and it is my intention to meet [club President] Fernando Roig and explain to him what the situation is,” said Pastorello. “But the year Villarreal are having leaves no great prospects for the future and it will be hard for him to remain at a club with not much ambition. The only thing now is for him to move his recovery time forward and he hopes to return in April.”
Rossi has been with the Yellow Submarine since moving from Manchester United in July, 2007, following loan spells with Newcastle United and Parma, and has scored 54 goals in 136 league appearances in his time at El Madrigal. He has also represented Italy 27 times, having been born in New Jersey, USA to Italian parents.