Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli has opened up about the club's recent financial struggles and has admitted that it's like living a film, but he's prepared to play in the lowest possible league with the club he loves.
The 37-year-old has been at Parma since 2008, and has made over 200 appearances for the club, but with the likelihood of extinction he's aware that they may face demotion to amateur leagues.
Debts and Demotion
Parma are currently in massive debts, thought to be around £144 million, and they are sitting bottom of Serie A with just three wins all season.
With financial debts crippling them, the club may face demotion to amateur leagues if they fail to complete the season, and after cancelling their weekend game against Udinese, it's a real possibility that they'll have to forfeit the remainder of their games.
The club cancelled the home match due to financial reasons and not being able to afford match-day stewards, but with an away trip this weekend, the club are positive that the game will go ahead.
The current club president spoke out the other day and admitted that he's confident the game will go ahead, and Lucarelli has backed up those thoughts by claiming the players will do all it takes to get to the game, even if it means driving themselves.
Lucarelli was giving an interview to Radio Anch'io about the club's current situation, and he opened up about the season and how it resembles a film. He also made clear how he's prepared to stick with the club through thick and thin.
"It's like being in a film," Lucarelli said, according to Sky Sports.
"We've seen everything you could possibly imagine, with four different presidents this season.
"When we didn't play it left me with a bad feeling, it was a Sunday with a bitter taste.
"Today, we are starting our preparations for the match against Genoa and if there isn't a bus we'll get five or six cars together and travel in them. We're prepared to pay for the trip ourselves.
"We are ready to play but want to feel protected, there has to be respect for Parma and not just so the championship is kept in order.
"I'd be prepared to play in Serie D for Parma if it was necessary.
"After seven years, I feel like this shirt is mine and I'm available to play for this club at whatever level."