Italy’s Scandicci has just pulled one of the transfer season’s most surprising moves by announcing in its official website the signing of Bulgarian superstar Elitsa Vasileva to its roster. Vasileva, who is transferring out of Russia’s Dinamo Kazan, is currently nursing a shoulder injury suffered in the playoffs of the last Champions League. The 28-years-old 6’4″ attacker, one of the highest paid players in the world, will return to Italy after 6 years, having spent professional stints in Bulgaria, Brazil, Korea, Turkey, and Russia.
Here is how Scandicci‘s top brass reacted to the transfer:
“She is a player who does not need my presentations, I am very happy to have her in the team and to have taken the right opportunity to bring her to the Savino Del Bene. Elitza is a player with strong offensive features and strongblocking, but over the years has also improved in reception, and for us may be the player suitable for the definitive leap in quality we need.” – Sports Director Massimo Toccafondi
“I’m happy with the team’s purchase campaign, we needed to raise the level to compete on several fronts and we strengthened the group even if it is not yet completed. We know her well, her qualities are unquestionable, but it will take patience due to the known injury. For us it will be essential to have her 100% in the highlights of the season, so we are evaluating how to complete the roster in the best way.” – Coach Carlo Parisi
Scandicci fell in the semifinals to eventual champions Imoco Conegliano last season. With Vasileva and current A1 MVP Isabelle Haak, Scandicci will boast one of the fiercest attacking front-lines of the world for its next campaign.
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