Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo has confirmed he has received over a thousand offers after advertising his services on LinkedIn.
Zaccardo, who was part of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad in 2006, has just terminated his contract with Italian Serie B side Vicenza.
And instead of using an agent to find him at new club the 35-year-old posted on the career networking portal.
Zaccardo wrote: “I cancelled the contract that tied me to Vicenza until June 2018.
“I’m currently a free soccer player. I’m still good physically. I could play two more years at high levels. Who will take me to make a deal? Serious professional soccer player and strong!!!”
And Zaccardo, was also has a Bundesliga winner’s medal with Wolfsburg in 2009, has revealed he has been inundated with offers.
“I’ve received over a thousand [replies] – I expected fewer,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “They came from Greece, Portugal, the Spanish second division, from Brazil, Argentina and all the way to Australia, plus there were a few joke ones from amateur clubs where they promise me they’ll give me plenty to drink after each win.
“It was just a nice provocation, but I was telling the truth – I really have terminated my contract with Vicenza. I am fit and I am ready for a new club. I made this announcement above all for the foreign market because everybody already knows me in Italy.
“I would even play for free, with bonuses, depending on the individual and team objectives. I have played 381 times in Serie A and I want to make it to 400.”