Padova has announced in its official website the signing of Argentinian national teamer Santiago Danani. The 22-year-old libero, a U23 World Champion in 2017, debuted with Argentina’s senior team this year at the VNL, where he finished as the competition’s 5th best receiver and 8th best digger. Danani is transferring out of Argentina’s River Plate in what will be his first professional season outside of his home-country.
Here are his first words as a member of his new team:
“I’m really happy. I have always dreamed of being able to play in the best league in the world and, thanks to Kioene Padova, this dream has become a reality. I thank the team for believing in me and I promise that I will do my best to repay the trust by putting myself at the service of the team. My strong point is reception, but I know that a defense carried out at the right time can become fundamental to help the team win. I will train hard to improve from every point of view and in Padua I will have the opportunity to learn a lot. Like many Argentinians I have several relatives of Italian descent who have told me about your country. Now it will be the time to get to know Italian culture and learn its language.”
At Padova, Danani will find a club that struggled mightily in its 2017-18 season, finishing in 12th place out of 14 teams with a 6-20 record.
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🇦🇷 Dall’Argentina il primo saluto del nostro nuovo libero @santidanani 👋🏼”Ciao a tutti! ☺️ sono Santiago Danani, il nuovo libero di Padova! 😍 Non vedo l’ora di conoscere la città, la gente… 💪🏼 Arriverò per allenarmi intensamente e per fare tutto assieme uniti una bella stagione! 🤗 Mando a tutti un abbraccio grande!” Non vediamo l’ora di conoscerti Santi! #DNAbianconero #KioenePadova #libero #argentina #danani #volleyball #credem #legavolley