Alberto Gilardino has revealed that he wants to stay with Parma, despite their well-documented financial problems.

With 17 goals this season, the Under-21 international is the leading scorer in Italy and he has been linked with a move away from Parma.

“I’d like to leave for the Under-21 European Championship with my future already sorted out – but I know that probably isn’t possible,” said Gilardino.

“Would I stay at Parma? Yes. If there is a buyer with plans to give us financial guarantees, otherwise I will have to think about the situation.

“I won’t think about (the Euro 2004 squad)] because I’m superstitious.

“Seventeen goals has been a great calling card and it is important to take your opportunities when they are presented to you.

“I would never rule out a move to a big club because other players my age have managed it – like Antonio Cassano at Roma.

“However, others have flopped and I think another year at Parma would be good for me because they are a strong side and it is a good club for growing up in.’