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Wanderers coach Popovic dismisses Inzaghi link

Western Sydney Wanderers FC coach Tony Popovic has dismissed talk of former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi joining the A-League newcomers for their debut season. However, Inzaghi's Australian agent Lou Nesci said the A-League - and competition new-boys Wanderers FC - could be a viable destination.

"Filippo is certainly keen to come to Australia and the Wanderers would seem to be a good fit, especially with a sizeable Italian community in that part of Sydney.

"I feel he would excite people. He's still scoring goals and still fit to play at a very high level despite his age.

"I feel he would give Wanderers extra appeal in terms of putting bums on seats.

"I realise some clubs might worry about his age after previous bad experiences with imports but I feel they should have no concerns on that score on this occasion. He has a curiosity to come to Australia and perform."

But Popovic said suggestions the club were actively chasing the 38-year-old were pure speculation.

"There'll be talk of players every day, which you understand, but I've had no discussions about (Inzaghi).

"A name like that will always excite the fans and people around football to see if it's possible.

"But a name in a paper is far away from becoming a reality."

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