Italian capped free agent linked with Villa joins fourth tier Italian minnows

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Gaetano D'Agostino was reportedly a target for Aston Villa. But he has joined Fidelis Andria of Serie D instead.

Reports in Italy last week claimed that Aston Villa were leading the race to snap up 32-year-old midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino on a free transfer.

The playmaker terminated his contract with Siena at the end of last season after the club liquidated and has been looking for a new team ever since.

Fiorentina once splashed out €5.75 million to co-own the player with Udinese and in 2009 he featured five times for the Italian national team.

It was believed Aston Villa were leading the race for his signature, ahead of two teams from Turkey.

But now D'Agostino has chosen his next location. He is remaining in Italy but is dropping down a few divisions.

He has signed for Fidelis Andria, who are currently in Italy's Serie D - the fourth tier of Italian football.

Speaking about the move he announced his desire to play regularly was key in his decision to join a team so low in the Italian football ladder:

“This week I received many calls and interesting proposals, but they always stretched on and I got the feeling clubs didn’t want to really finalise talks. With Fidelis Andria, it was all done in one day. I was won over by their passion. I have an incredible desire to play football, as I miss the field and am very motivated.”

He is still only 32-years-old and also revealed in the same interview that in 2009 Real Madrid and Juventus had courted him, so he is a player with immense pedigree that many top teams in Europe are now missing out on.

But he has clearly decided that this move will make him happier in the long run. That has to be something any football fan can appreciate.

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