Ex-Italy international Christian Vieri has been offered another chance to prove he is worthy of a contract with Blackburn Rovers. The former Inter Milan striker - who scored 103 league goals in just 144 outings for the Nerazzurri - has been training with the Lancashire club at their pre-season camp in Austria. And the 36-year-old, who netted 23 times in 49 caps for Italy, has done enough to convince manager Sam Allardyce to invite him back to training in England. “Vieri will follow us on to the next session away, which starts on Wednesday, then join up with us back here," Allardyce said in The Sun. “Obviously, he is way behind the rest of the players and we will be very patient and supportive with him. “We'll see how long he wants to give it to see if he can get to the level he needs to play in the Premier League. “If he manages that, what a player. We will decide together, me and him. We will take as long as it needs, hopefully to get there in the end.” The 6ft 1in striker - nicknamed Bobo - left Atalanta at the end of last season, having made just nine league appearances for La Dea. However, Rovers defender Stephen Warnock believes the vastly experienced Italian could be worth a gamble. “He proved last week at the training camp he has the ability to finish out of nowhere," he said. “He is a very strong player and very awkward to play against. He could be a good addition to the squad. “I don't think he is too old to play in the Premier League at all." BLACKBURN FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: My Secret Vice Sam Allardyce Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson What Happened Next? David May Plus! Rate Rovers players (and others) on Talentspotter
15 July 2009
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