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Alberto Gilardino eager to join Montreal Impact

Italian striker Alberto Gilardino has made it clear he is interested in joining Montreal Impact.

The 35-year-old is a free agent after his contract with Pescara came to an end and he rejected several offers this summer as he hoped to receive a proposal from a Serie A side.

But, having failed to secure a return to Italy’s top flight, Gilardino now hopes to finish his career in the MLS.

The former Italy international has been training with Montreal Impact over the last few days and he hopes he will be offered a contract.

“I was fortunate enough to meet President Joey Saputo, who I thank,” Gilardino told reporters in Canada.

“I had the chance to train here and I hope something more can come of it. We’ll see. I already could’ve come here three years ago, but I was coming back from China and because of my family I opted to remain in Italy.

“I am 35 years old, but I’m still in good shape, even if I’m lacking match fitness right now. The objective is to score many goals.

“I want to join Montreal Impact and end my career here in MLS. I am open to any contractual situation, including signing on for the remaining games this season, without an option for next term. The club will decide what to do.”

Montreal Impact sit just outside of play-off positions with three games to go and they have until Friday to add new players to their roster, meaning they will quickly have to make a decision on Gilardino.

The veteran striker remains one of Serie A’s most prolific goalscorers ever, having scored 188 goals in 514 league appearances.

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