Cape Town - Rimini president Giorgio Grassi
feels Loris Karius would benefit from playing a season in Italy's third tier.
The German goalkeeper is almost certain not
to turn out for Liverpool again following his horror show in the Champions
While his future is now the subject of
debate, recently-promoted Serie C side Rimini FC would welcome a loan deal for
Grassi wrote an open letter to Karius in
which he explained the benefits of a season with the fourth-tier champions.
He wrote: "On June 22, Loris Karius
will turn 25 years old. I would like to host the German goalkeeper for a few
days in Rimini, a welcoming town that has always been frequented by his fellow
countrymen and women.
“I would be happy to meet him in Rimini to
remind him that it just takes courage, or perhaps good sense, to understand the
best life lessons are often also the toughest, the most difficult to bear.
“We’ve all been through these moments,
unfortunately for him, his moment was in front of millions of people. At the
end of the day, the only real failure is allowing defeat to get the better of
“I would like to help Loris become a great
example to those who in football, as in life, fall and get back on their feet.
I’d like to offer a gift for his birthday: a year-long contract with Rimini FC,
the ideal club to rediscover his calm, self-belief and strength to follow his
“Let it be clear, this wouldn’t be a walk
in the park, because he’d be in competition with a great goalkeeper like
Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Scotti, but he’d certainly find a big family and a city
ready to support him as he got back to being a Number One in the Lega Pro.”