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Mariga weighs his options as Parma drops to Serie D

When the 2015-2016 Italian Serie A season begins in August, one of the Italy’s oldest clubs, Parma FC, will be missing in action.

This is after the 101-year-old Italian club was declared bankrupt on Monday, setting it for an amateur status in fourth division after failing to find a buyer to pay off a debt of 22.6m euros (£16.2m).

Parma’s hopes of avoiding demotion to the amateur division were all but ended when former Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza pulled out of talks, shortly before the deadline for the club to be sold.

“In the coming hours, the administrators will meet with the creditor’s committee and judge Pietro Rogato to make the necessary arrangements for the bankruptcy proceedings,” Parma said in a statement published in their website.

Parma, which was deducted a total of nine points during last season for financial problems, was relegated after finishing last in Serie A. The club had hoped to be allowed to register for the second division.

Speaking on Tuesday, midfielder MacDonald Mariga chose not to dwell on the negative news and the financial burden that has brought the club to its knees but rather focus on his future.

“I love Parma, the management made me what I am today, by offering me a chance to come from Sweden and play in one of the established leagues. We faced several challenges last season, and I wish them well.

On his future he said: “My future will be resolved in the next month, but it is looking likely I will remain in Serie A.”

The former Tusker midfielder first joined the club in 2007 from Swedish side Helsingborg IF  and turned out for them for  four seasons before joining the  then Jose Mourinho coached Inter Milan in  January 2010,  where he went  on to win a treble.

SOURCE: Daily Nation