The former Parma is officially a Genoa player. Yesterday customary photos in rossoblù and first training in the group at Signorini
Genoa – Hernani Azevedo Junior there is. Not that there were any doubts, his arrival was defined but as of yesterday the Brazilian midfielder is officially of the Grifone, immortalized for the first time in the rossoblù jersey at Signorini. Pupil of Eder Aleixo de Assis, star of Brazil ’82 but who grew up in the myth of Kakà: Hernani is an “all-midfielder” who will provide various solutions for Ballardini’s median. Brazilian quality, European physique and concreteness.
After medical examinations and the last Genoese days, the process for the passage from Parma (which takes Schiattarella from Benevento) to Genoa has ended. Yesterday Hernani worked at Signorini (like Ekuban, also made official yesterday) and from next week it will be placed on a permanent basis in the rossoblù group.
The player comes on loan with a redemption obligation of 4 million in 2022 plus 1.5 bonus. Two seasons with the Ducali for the Brazilian born in 1994 who yesterday, awaiting his first words as a rossoblù, greeted the old fans and the Emilian club: “I will be forever grateful to this wonderful city that has welcomed me and all my family … I’m sorry for the relegation but the football elite will be back soon ».
In Genoa, the Brazilian is expected from the derby with D’Aversa’s Sampdoria who coached him in Parma, helping him to integrate into our football. With Hernani, Genoa returns to have, as usual, a slightly more South American soul.
Here the midfielder finds his compatriot Jandrei, goalkeeper, however, coming out of the Grifone and the Colombian Agudelo, sought by the Spezia of the former Thiago Motta. Galatasaray and Gremio wanted him, but Hernani chose Italy and Genoa. Seven goals and three assists in the last year at Parma, the verdeoro was one of the few to save himself in the year of relegation.
With him, Genoa is hoping to find the goals of the midfielders, an important weapon that was little used in the last season. “Shooting from outside is a feature that I will try to exploit», Hernani had said on arrival in Emilia where, however, he proved to be able to hit even with the insertion in the area. His idol was Kakà: “For me he is the most important of all – he said in the past – I was passionate about seeing him ball and chain and scoring goals but we don’t play the same role.” In rossoblù, Hernani should be used above all as a midfielder with a license to offend, but he can play in front of the defense or on the frontline. 188 cm tall, long-limbed, it also gets busy on the roof. “Today as today it is important to both defend and attack,” he explained at the time of Parma.
Born in São Gonçalo do Sapucaí, in Minas Gerais, At the beginning Hernani played in the Vespasiano, club of the city of Eder Aleixo. And the left of God of Brazil 82 was one of the first admirers of Hernani. “He is a pupil of mine, he has defensive qualities and skills,” Eder said of him when Hernani was close to moving from Atletico Paranaense to Inter. Instead, he went to Zenit, where he won the Russian championship in 2019 (after his stint at Saint-Etienne). Then the move to Parma. And now Genoa, a new adventure to be written.
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