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Andrea Silenzi will break new ground when he makes his debut for Nottingham Forest as Italy's first major footballing export to England, but he is not the first Italian to grace the top flight here. In 1968, Manchester United introduced Carlo Sartori, a 20-year-old midfielder born in Caderzone, in the northern province of Trento. He went on to play 40 firstteam games in four years.

Sartori arrived in England aged 10 months, to be raised in the Italian community in the Blossom Street area of late 1940s Manchester. He joined United as an apprentice aged 15 but it was after he left Old Trafford 10 years later that his career prospered - in Italy, where his clubs included Bologna, Lecce, Rimini and Trento. He had the opportunity to stay in Italy as a coach but today, aged 47, he lives in Rochdale and works as a knife sharpener serving hotels and restaurants, maintaining a business set up by his late father 80 years ago.

"It might not sound glamorous but it meant the kids could have a settled upbringing and I've been successful enough to hang on to the money I made as a player."

Jon Culley