Ezequiel Schelotto claims he is in talks over a potential move to Leicester City, who would be able to take the former Inter Milan winger on a free.
The 26-year-old has been without a club since his contract at the Nerazzurri was terminated by mutual consent at the end of August, and although Claudio Ranieri has distanced himself from the speculation, the player has been linked with a move to the Foxes. Such a switch would replicate the journey Esteban Cambiasso made last summer, when he shone at the King Power Stadium.
Such was the impression the midfielder made during his short spell in England, which consisted of five goals in 33 appearances, he was named as the player of the year by the club’s fans as he inspired their Premier League survival. Now Schelotto believes he can have the same sort of impact as his compatriot, who left at the end of the season after rejecting the offer of a new deal.
“I’d like to play there and I’m ready to get back into action,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday. “I don’t know what stage the negotiations are at with Leicester City, but if Esteban Cambiasso can do well there, then I’m sure I can too. I would never have imagined I’d find myself without a club at the age of 26. Now I’m waiting for a gift – a new club.”
Schelotto, who was born in Argentina but has been capped once at full international level by Italy, has spent his entire professional career to date in his adopted country. He began at Cesena in 2008, where he spent two years before moving to Atalanta. He returned to his previous club on loan, and also had a temporary spell with Catania before signing for Inter for €3.5million in 2013.
His association with the Serie A giants would be interrupted by loan spells at Sassuolo, Parma and Chievo, and when he was released in the summer he had made just 12 appearances for Inter. On the international front he won seven caps for the Italian Under-21 side between 2009 and 2010, before Cesare Prandelli called him up for a friendly against England in 2012.