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Maradona to lend glamour to Dens Park.

Argentinian legend Diego Maradona has agreed to play for Dundee in a 'glamour' friendly alongside his compatriot Claudio Caniggia against Napoli at Dens Park

Dundee yesterday confirmed Argentinian legend Diego Maradona will play for the Scottish Premier League club in a glamour friendly.

The details have still to be finalised, but it appears increasingly likely the controversial star will face Napoli at Dens Park next month.

A spokesman for the club said: 'I can confirm there was written correspondence between Diego Maradona, his representatives and Dundee Football Club which outline both parties' desire for Diego Maradona to play in a one-off glamour friendly for Dundee.

'We hope to settle upon other details such as date and time of game within the next few days, but it's increasingly likely that any match involving Maradona will take place at Dens Park.

'That is great news for Dundee fans.'

Dundee midfielder Giorgi Nemsadze claimed an agreement had been reached for Maradona, a former Napoli player, to play against the Serie A outfit.

'As far as I know, Maradona has already sent his agreement by fax and is being paid pounds 250,000 for one game,' the Georgian said.

'He is great friends with Claudio Caniggia, and I can't wait to play with a living legend.'

If a deal has been reached it will fulfil a promise Caniggia made when he joined the Tayside outfit earlier this season.

Caniggia vowed to bring his close friend and fellow countryman Maradona to the club when he arrived in October.

It remains to be seen how much natural ability a heavily-overweight Maradona has retained following years of drug abuse, for which he has recently undergone treatment in Cuba.

But Dundee fans are sure to flock to see one of the game's most famous stars in action, rekindling a striking partnership with Caniggia which took Argentina to the final of the 1990 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Dundee supporters could also soon be seeing Italian winger Attilio Lombardo in the dark blue shirt.

Player-manager Ivano Bonetti will move for the former Crystal Palace forward if he becomes surplus to requirements at Serie A giants Lazio in the wake of Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure.

The new England manager signed the 35-year-old at the start of the season, and Lombardo - instantly recognisable with his bald pate - will face an anxious wait to discover who the new boss will be.

The former Italian international is close friends with Bonetti and is believed to have expressed a wish to join him at Dens Park.
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Date:Jan 11, 2001
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