Birindelli hits out at former Juventus coach Capello

He said: “I won’t discuss his coaching, but at a human level we have not ever had a relationship. The past year I did not play because of a knee injury, nevertheless it was decided in the same season after I had recovered that I did not deserve a chance. Without explanation, he did not give me an opportunity to show if I was recovered, if I could also be useful. He treated me badly, I brooded with much anger, he hurt me inside.

“Then in May they told me to find another team, because I was no longer in his plans. I began to look around, I had contact with Monaco and Salzburg.

“But then Alessio Secco took charge and in the off-season he asked me if I’d like to stay on. I answered that I’d stay even in Serie C.”