A fee had been agreed for the 19-year-old only for the the deal to go cold.
Sydney FC’s teenage star Terry Antonis has been left shattered after his dream move to Italy failed to materialise.
The 19-year-old had reportedly signed a contract with Serie A side Parma in May with the Sky Blues also agreeing a $300,000 fee a month later, only for CEO Tony Pignata to reveal that no communication has since been forthcoming from the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
It left Antonis’ future hanging up in the air, as it has been for much of the summer, and now that the European transfer window has closed until the winter Pignata says he doesn’t expect the Italians to make inroads to resurrect the deal.
“As we haven’t heard anything from Parma for weeks, we haven’t granted an ITC [international transfer certificate] and so with the closure of the European transfer window Terry will remain a Sydney player,” he told News AU.
“We never wanted him to go but we reluctantly agreed to Parma’s terms – since then we’ve heard nothing. He will be at Sydney FC next season and after the strong finish he had to last year, we think he’ll have another excellent season for us under Frank Farina.”
A spokesman from the players union confirmed that Antonis would not be moving to Italy and will remain at the Sydney Football Stadium for the 2013/14 A-League season.
“We have been advising Terry throughout, and our advice has been that he at all times has remained a Sydney player,” he said.