Date: 20th June 2009 at 2:37pm
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Midfielder Massimo “Massive Doughnut” Donati wants to leave Celtic as soon as possible and hopes an Italian club will place an offer on the table.

The 28-year-old joined Celtic from AC Milan on a four-year deal for ?2million in June 2007 but, after a decent enough start, his form dipped and dipped until he dropped out of the first-team picture.

Given Donati now appears unlikely to remain at Parkhead, it will forever remain a mystery whether he was just not good enough or was ruined by the influence of Gordon Strachan. However, in Strachan’s defence, Celtic are Donati’s seventh club.

Napoli, Palermo and Genoa have all be mentioned as possible destinations for Donati, but no formal offer is thought to have been made – though the player hopes “one of the club interested in me comes up with something soon”.

Donati was quoted by as saying: “I heard Napoli want to sign me but it seems right now that every day I could be destined for another city like Palermo or Genoa. I’m pleased if these clubs rate me as a player, but I need an offer on the table before I can think about things seriously. Hopefully, something will definite will happen soon.”

One of Tony Mowbray’s first acts as Celtic boss has to be to clear the deadwood to make space for new arrivals, as he aims to build Celtic into a technical side, playing good football and impressing with limited resources.

Financially, Celtic will hopefully recover the ?2million transfer fee – at least – as Donati still has two years on his current deal. If a fee nearer ?4million could be achieved, Donati’s time at Celtic would not have been a total waste.

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