Diamanti happy to end Watford nightmare

New Atlanta signing Alessandro Diamanti revealed his delight at returing to his native Italy after a disasterous six-month spell with Watford.

The attacking midfielder joined the English Premier League club at the beginning of the season on loan from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, but only managed three appearances as a substitute in the first half of the season before his deal was terminated.

He has since secured another loan move, this time to the country of his birth to join Atlanta until the end of the current campaign.

“After 10 years I’ve returned to a place that has always fascinated me,” he told a press conference. “Getting a result in Bergamo is difficult for anyone, above all because of the enthusiasm of our fans.

“I’m a direct person, I quickly found the right harmony with the Coach and the President.”

Diamanti also revealed his delight at ending an unsuccessful loan spell with the Hornets and expressed his desire to get his career back on track.

“Watford? I lived through six months of a nightmare,” he added. “I trained well but never had the chance to show what I can do on the pitch. I don’t know why I didn’t play.

“I arrive here fired up and motivated, I’m lacking match fitness but will aim to soon be at 100 per cent. I want to do well here because my objective is also to play with the national team.”