LECCE – There is now an important nickname for Lecce: Hagi. But it’s clearly not about Gheorghe, the great Romanian hero who also played for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray and who has hung his football boots since 2001. Instead, it’s his son Iannis Hagi, 24, currently at Glasgow Rangers, one of The two strongest teams in the Scottish League. He can play as an attacking midfielder, but also as a winger on the right and left, thanks to his ability with both feet. A technically gifted, quick-moving and elusive item; Seriously, he also knows how to be a good helping man.
According to the Eurosport Romania portal, Lecce would have scoured the ground to bring him back to Italy, given that in 2016, as soon as he reached the age of majority, Iannis Hagi landed at Fiorentina, despite having only played two games in two seasons, without scoring a single goal. 2016, among other things, is precisely the year of Pantaleo Corvino’s return to the Viola club, becoming the new general manager of the technical area of Fiorentina.
So, it was he who brought the little haggis to the capital of Tuscany. But it didn’t go well. From there, the son of art returned in Romania to Vitorul Costanza (season 2018/2020, 28 matches and 9 goals) and then moved the following year to Belgium to Genk (season 2019/2020, 14 matches and 3 goals). Finally, as of 2020, he arrives in Scotland, at Rangers Stadium, with 63 appearances and 11 goals scored. Now, however, he will be ready to try again in a more competitive tournament, such as Serie A. He has a contract with the Scottish club until June 30, 2026, and his market value is around 4 million euros.
A high number for the Giallorossi club, unless something also changes in terms of production. The highlight of the market is obviously the captain Morten Hjulmand, contested both in Italy and abroad. As is known, Milan, Lazio and Inter follow in his footsteps. However, outside national borders, Borussia Dortmund loves the Danish midfielder very much, but some clubs in the English Premier League could return to him as well. An offer of €11m already hit the January transfer market. But Lecce said “no”, because the priority was salvation in Serie A and they could not weaken the team by removing the captain.
Meanwhile, the farewells continue. Yesterday it was Alessandro Toya’s turn to end his adventure with Lecce. “I really wanted to salute and thank everyone for these two great years,” Toya wrote on social media, “from President Saverio Stecci Damiani, to the managers, coaches, his staff, physiotherapists, warehouse workers and all the people who work in the company. And finally, thanks to all the fans for always being close.” “From us, at home and away. Together, we have achieved two goals that would have been unimaginable at the start of the respective tournaments. I do not yet know what the future holds for me, but I hope to find the values that I found here with you.”
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