Diamanti joins A-League newcomers Western United

Former Italy international Alessandro Diamanti has joined Western United in a coup for the A-League newcomers.

Diamanti, 36, has joined the A-League club on a one-year marquee deal, it was confirmed on Thursday.

The playmaker, who made 17 appearances for Italy between 2010 and 2013, enjoyed a fine season with Livorno in Serie B in 2018-19, scoring 10 goals and providing seven assists in 32 games.

"I have played all around the world, with world-class clubs and team-mates and Western United stood out to me after speaking with the coaches and staff and hearing how they plan on having an impact in their first season in the A-League," Diamanti said.

"It's exciting to join a club in a country where the popularity of football is growing so quickly."

Diamanti joins former Bologna team-mate Panagiotis Kone as Western United's star signings ahead of their first season in the A-League.

The attacking midfielder has previously played for the likes of Fiorentina, West Ham and Watford.

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