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Rachel Cuschieri’s Sampdoria exit women’s football

Malta international in search of a new club after Blucerchiati ceased women’s team

An unexpected turn of events for Maltese player Rachel Cuschieri as she will no longer be part of the Sampdoria Women’s team in the upcoming campaign.

This comes after the Italian club announced that they will cease their women’s football operations due to the financial trouble that the Liguria-based team is currently dealing with.

“UC Sampdoria announces its disengagement from professional women’s football,” the club’s official statement said.

“Sampdoria will return to invest in women’s football, which will also be the cornerstone of future social projects for the city. The club will be present in schools to promote the integration of girls into football, with inclusion and without prejudice.

Unfortunately the inherited economic situations and the excessive costs of managing a professional women’s team in Serie A do not allow us to continue at this moment.”

Cuschieri, who is now looking to settle elsewhere during this off-season, was set to play in her second straight season with Sampdoria.

Joining last season from Lazio, Cuschieri played 26 games as Sampdoria managed to rescue their Serie A status.

“Sometimes words are not enough to explain what my companions and I feel, having a dream together, waking up the next day the dream no longer exists,” Cuschieri wrote on her social media.

“We didn’t deserve this, to think that this week we will all go back to training together, with the news in the media scaring us, with no communication of the matter, and with no respect for us as players and as people, this is not just a job for us it is also our passion.”

“I thought that with a new president things would change and improve but he himself doesn’t want to invest in us which is sad, given that we have given our hearts to stay in Serie A, continuing to train without salary hasn’t been easy, but we stuck together.”

“I have only nice words for my teammates, this was a team I fell in love with, what I would define as a family, everyone reciprocated, you don’t find it in every team but I found it here. I woke up every morning looking forward to seeing them and this will never happen again but all I can say is that this will only make us grow as people because of the obstacles we face. I love you my Sampdoria. Thanks for the good memories. I have a broken heart”.

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