May 13, 2020
By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone and former AC Milan midfielder, Rodney Strasser, is eyeing a comeback in the Italian game, but only with teams at either the Serie A or Serie B.
The 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who is currently with Finnish topflight league side, Turun Palloseura in the Veikkausliiga in a long interview on the Instagram channel with journalist Nicolò Schira, has not shut the door on a return to Italy.
“Italy is my second home. I would gladly go back. I have lived and played for 11 years and I carry Italy in my heart. If I have to come back, I would do it only for a Serie A or Serie B. In Lega Pro or D I would never go down. I didn’t feel well.”
Before moving to Finland, Rodney Strasser had spell with Italia Serie D side, ASD Villafranca Veronese and also Lupa Castelli.
He said: “I accepted the loan from Genoa for the presence of Marco Amelia, who was a brother to me. I played, but in that category I was struggling. The team fought for salvation in C.”
The former A.C Milan midfielder joined the Italian Serie D side Villafranca Veronese for the rest of the season just after his recovery from injury as a free agent.
Strasser has had several moves in Italy from AC Milan where he won the league title to a loan move to Lecce during the 2011-12 seasons and in 2013 to Parma, where he only made two appearances.
On 27 July 2013, he joined Genoa on a permanent deal for €3.5 million, as part of the deal that moved Kevin Constant over to the San Siro in a co-ownership resolution in favour of the Milan club. Strasser was later loaned out to Serie B club, Reggina in August 2013.
He also had a spell with Livorno before joining the Croatian side, NK Zagreb. He also had loan spell to Lupa Castelli Romani in the Italian Pro League.