Stefano Eranio has been back at Derby recently and was videoed showing his ability at the tender age of 46. Well worth the watch!
Stefano Eranio was a player I grew up admiring, one of the classiest players I have seen grace the pitch for Derby County and still considered one of the best players in AC Milan’s illustrious history.
Steve McClaren has brought a sense of nostalgia back to Derby County with the return of former fan favourites Paul Simpson and Eric Steele to his coaching staff, and a month in the door he has Derby fans purring over the return of the right midfielder considered the best in Derby County’s history.
Stefano Eranio at the time he signed for Derby County was considered a coup since his reputation was still largely intact at Serie A giants AC Milan. Despite being in the twilight of his career, the professionalism of his play and character meant that he enjoyed in total over 100 games for the Rams and saw them at the height of their modern day success at playing on the brink of Europe under Jim Smith and Steve McClaren.
The Italian wizard was clearly excited at being back at Derby training with the team, and speaking to the local media.
Local journalist in Derby tweeted
Eranio tells me he is really looking forward to seeing the fans and the team v Sheff Wed at Pride Park on Saturday #dcfc dcfcfans— Steve Nicholson (@SNicholsonDT) November 7, 2013
And the buzz around the club of his return has spilled out ambitions over the former player perhaps becoming part of McClarens staff. Paul Simpson has spoken of his ‘professionalism’ in the past couple of days then I would expect that interest would be there, but as a widely respected youth coach within the AC Milan ranks, it could be a difficult task to persuade him to drop Milan for Derby for a second time in his life.
Bizarrely Derby County’s media staff posted a video of the former player in training, watching him juggle a ball for nearly 2 minutes, with various range of skill being used and clearly showing off his near perfect touch which he hasn’t lost since his playing days.
See the video below
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