Melbourne Victory have managed to secure the signing of Carl Valeri on a three-year contract, after the veteran decided to bring an end to his career in Italy. The Australian has always revealed that his ambition is to play in the Italian Serie A and he could only come close to achieving this dream. After 11 years in Italian football with several clubs, Valeri came close to playing in the Italian top division after being promoted with Sassuolo. However, just as they were promoted to the top division in the 2012-13 season, Valeri suffered a serious injury.

There are unable to guarantee him regular first-team football upon his return, which led to the midfielder joining Ternana later that January. He decided to drop down the division in order to get regular first-team football. Now, at 29, he has given up on the dream and has returned to Australian football with Melbourne Victory. As a teenager, he had joined Inter Milan but could not make it at the Serie A giant. Valeri has revealed that he has always admired the Australian A-League from the distance and he is looking forward to some great years in this league.

Despite having been born in Australia, Carl Valeri started his career with Inter Milan in 2002. He has represented the national team on 50 occasions since his debut in 2007.

“I’ve certainly watched and admired the A-League from afar. The league just keeps getting better and better each season and I’m really looking forward to being back home and playing in a competition that has such great potential. You just to have to look at all the quality young players over in Brazil with the Socceroos to see how far the game has come in this country,” Valeri said. Last season, the club finished in a disappointing fourth-place.