DI SANTO NOW PLAYS IN TURKEY

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo is a member of Chelsea's number 9 shirt curse recipients’ group.Belgian international star RomeluLukaku sealed a loan move to Inter Milan from Premier League side Chelsea earlier this summer and the transfer only reinforced the curse associated with the number nine jersey at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku is the latest player to flop at Chelsea while wearing the number nine shirt. The Belgian star returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan in a £97m club-record deal, but the return lasted for just one season following his move back to the San Siro.

DI SANTO: BREMEN CAREER IN SUMMARY

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo signed a three-year deal at German club Werder Bremen during the summer transfer window in 2013 after he was released by Wigan Athletic in the English league. His transfer to Bremen was announced officially on April 14, 2013. Nine days later, he made his debut for the clubin the league as a 67th minute substitute for Austrian star Marko Arnautovicduring the 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Franco Di Santo was sent off for a bad challenge on Bastian Oczipkaduring the 3-0 home league defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on September 14, 2013.Oczipka needed facial stitches after the challenge from the striker. Two months later, he scored a goal and provided an assist for Dutch winger Eljero Elia in the final five minutes but it was not enough for Bremen who lost 3-2 at home to Mainz. Franco Di Santo finished his debut season at Werder Bremen with four goals in 23 league appearances.

DI SANTO: CAREER IN SUMMARY

Argentine international striker Franco Di Santo started his football career at AudaxItaliano in the Chilean league before he caught the attention of Premier League giants Chelsea. West London giants Chelsea were convinced that they were signing one of the best young strikers in the world.

Chelsea paid around £3.4m to sign Franco Di Santo from AudaxItaliano in 2008. The young striker was able to earn a place in the Chelsea first team after showing good form for the reserves, but he was unable to stay in the first team mainly due to the quality of competition which exists in the first team. At Chelsea, he had to contend with a lot of quality attackers from Didier Drogba to Nicholas Anelka to Salomon Kalou and many more. Franco Di Santo was unable to get regular game time with the Chelsea first team as a result of the quality shown by those attackers.

DI SANTO: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER EXAMINED

Franco Di Santo featured for both the u-20 team and the senior team during his time with the Argentine national team. The striker began his national team career in the u-20 set-up and he went on to score five times in 25 appearances over a three-year period. Franco Di Santo played for the u-20 team for the first time in 2006 and his last appearance for the team was in 2009.

Di Santo registered his first goal for the u-20 team against France. He was part of the Argentina u-20 squad to the 2007 edition of the South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Franco Di Santo was unable to inspire his team to win the tournament after finishing second to Brazil who won via a two-point advantage. The striker was also given an invitation for the 2009 edition of the South American Youth Championship in Venezuela, but it was blocked by Premier League outfit Chelsea mainly due to the injury crisis at the club. Franco Di Santo had an average of one goal in five games over the course of his time with the u-20 team.

DI SANTO URGES CEBALLOS TO SIGN FOR CRYSTAL PALACE

Premier League club Crystal Palace have registered an interest in signing Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos, according to multiple reports especially from England. He has been linked with a possible €18 million move to Crystal Palace and with the way things are looking at the moment, the deal could be possible.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Dani Ceballos is the subject of interest from South London outfit Crystal Palace over a move in the summer transfer window. The Eagles are prepared to pay around €18 million to prise the Spanish midfielder away from Real Madrid.

FRANCO DI SANTO SAYS HE CAN PLAY TILL HE'S 40

Former Schalke 04 star Franco di Santo has revealed that he has what it takes to play till he's 40 years old. The 32-year-old held a recent interview where he revealed that he still feels way younger than his age and would also be very much willing to maintain his current shape and fitness so he can try to achieve his aim of playing till he's at least 40 years of age. When asked if he has what it takes to do that, he revealed that he is a huge fan of AC Milan's Sweden international veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has passed 40 years but is still playing at the highest level.

DI SANTO: CHELSEA CAREER REVIEWED

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo signed for Premier League heavyweights Chelsea from AudaxItaliano in the Chilean league. Chelsea paid around £3.4m to sign him as a teenager officially during the 2008 winter transfer window.

DI-‘SANTO: 2009 FA CUP FINAL REVIEWED

Franco Di Santo was far from being a regular in the Chelsea team,but that didn't stop him from being a part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2008/09 FA Cup title by winning the 2009 FA Cup final clash with Merseyside giants Everton. Franco Di Santo was named in the 18-man squad for the Everton game by interim Chelsea manager GuusHiddink.

DI SANTO: 2013 FA CUP FINAL

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo was part of the Wigan Athletic squad that made history by reaching the 2013 FA Cup final. Wigan Athletic saw off teams such as Bournemouth, Macclesfield Town, Huddersfield Town, Everton and Millwallbefore reaching the final under the guidance of Spanish tactician Roberto Martinez.

Final opponents Manchester City reached the final by beating clubs like Watford, Stoke City, Leeds United, Barnsley and Premier League rivals Chelsea. Manchester City went into the 2013 FA Cup final as overwhelming favourites, but Franco Di Santo and Wigan Athletic had other ideas.

DI SANTO: LIFE AFTER WIGAN ATHLETIC

Argentine striker Franco Di Santo might not be an household name in the Premier League but he's still known to several teams in the English top flight after he turned out for a lot of teams during his stay in the United Kingdom (UK).

Franco Di Santo moved to England as a teenager with Chelsea paying a little over £3m to secure his transfer from AudaxItaliano in the Chilean league. He spent some time on loan at Blackburn Rovers as a Chelsea player and went on to play almost 100 games for Wigan Athletic.

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