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Simply the best?

Filed: Wednesday, 16th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Ginaluca Nani has been hailed as 'one of the best' by Italian FA technical director Paolo Piani.

Nani - who officially takes up his post with the Hammers on 1st June - has been lauded by Piani and other famous figures in Italian football this week as his nine years with Serie B outfit Brescia nears an end.

"Gianluca has been one of the best students attending our football courses in Coverciano," said Paini.

"He did very well obtaining successful results with Brescia; he's a real talent finder. He discovered and launched many smart football players."

Two of those players - Luca Toni, currently with Bayern Munich and Milan's Andrea Pirlo - added to Piani's praise whilst wishing Nani well in East London.

"I would like to send my best wishes to Gianluca who I had the good fortune of knowing during my time at Brescia," said Toni. "I am sure he will approach his new role with the enthusiasm and professionalism that has always been his trademark."

Pirlo wished 'good luck to the great Gianluca Nani for his adventure at West Ham United' whilst another former Italian international - Gianfranco Zola - said:

"Gianluca has done a fantastic job at Brescia. I am sure he will do the same with West Ham United."

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