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BEWARE OF DOUBLE SPEAK AGENTS

By Trialist

The agent for reported Celtic target Matteo Brighi is either a very shrewd operator or schizophrenic, as Vanni Puzzolo has radically altered his tune with regards to the 27-year old Roma midfielder in the last 48 hours.

Two days ago, agent Vanni Puzzolo was claiming that Matteo Brighi would be interested in a move to the three-in-a-row SPL Champions Celtic, if Roma manager Luciano Spalletti wants to sell the midfielder, whose Roma contract expires in the summer of 2009.

However, now Vanni Puzzolo is opining that a move to Paradise would hamper Matteo Brighi's ambitions of adding to his one international cap for Italy and that, though Celtic's financial package is “undoubtedly attractive”, the midfielder would prefer to stay in Italy.

Vanni Puzzolo has now claimed interest in Matteo Brighi from Bologna, Reggina and Sampdoria, but is also backtracking on his claims with regards to Roma's attitude towards the midfielder, who featured 31 times for Roma last season but mainly as a substitute.

Vanni Puzzolo had claimed he was seeking “clarity” from Roma regarding Matteo Brighi's future at the Serie A giants, but now the agent is claiming “positive signals” from the Giallorossi.

Vanni Puzzolo told Teleradiostereo: “Sampdoria, Bologna, Reggina and Celtic have called me after having positive signals from Roma to contact me.”

Vanni Puzzolo continued: “The economic aspect from the Scots is undoubtedly attractive but Matteo is still young and to go to Celtic could mean losing the visibility that he would continue to have in Italy.”

Vanni Puzzolo added: “If Roma do not confirm him staying, he should still strive for a great team and he could only do that by playing in a Championship like the Italian one.”

Vanni Puzzolo has also reportedly said that he hopes a new contract with Roma can be negotiated for Matteo Brighi before the 31st August.

Only a couple of days ago, Vanni Puzzolo was strongly suggesting Matteo Brighi's departure from Roma, with Celtic of interest to the former Rimini, Juventus, Bologna, Parma, Brescia and Chievo player.

On Tuesday Vanni Puzzolo said: “We must now discover what Roma's plans are for the player. Only after that can we think about Celtic. But if Roma are looking to sell then why shouldn't the player be interested in moving to Celtic?”

Vanni Puzzolo continued: “The Club is guaranteed Champions League football and plenty of Italian players have gone to Scotland and enjoyed success. Matteo is well aware of the talk about Celtic and knows they are a good Club.”

Vanni Puzzolo added: “But until Roma inform us of their plans for the new season there is no point saying any more. If Roma need to make money by selling him then they might as well say so.”

Matteo Brighi began his career at Rimini before becoming co-owned by Juventus and Parma in 2000 and going on to play for Juventus, Bologna, Parma and Brescia, and being named Italy's Young Footballer Of The Year in 2002.

Matteo Brighi signed for Roma in 2004, but was sent out on loan to Chievo for three seasons, returning to Roma for last season.

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