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Fornaroli A-League deal done: Van 't Schip

  • Fornaroli A-League deal done: Van 't Schip

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Patrick Kisnorbo and Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City laugh during a Melbourne City A-League training session at City Football Academy on April 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Tim Cahill's anticipated arrival at Melbourne City remains a sensitive topic, but the A-League title hopefuls are happy to talk about Bruno Fornaroli.

Fornaroli is back, he's in great form and he's staying on an improved deal.

He has five goals in pre-season friendlies against state league opposition in the past fortnight ahead of Tuesday night's FFA Cup match against Perth-based Floreat Athena.

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City offered last year's A-League leading scorer an improved deal to stay in Melbourne before he returned to Uruguay on holidays in May.

Fornaroli has yet to sign the contract, which would see him rise to marquee status under John van 't Schip.

But City fans shouldn't be fearful that was a sign he could still depart the club, van `t Schip saying the deal had been agreed.

"Bruno's here and we're happy he's back," he said on Monday.

"We're definitely going to sign him up as a marquee player.

Cahill's contract is another matter.

Reports of his imminent signing have yet to come to fruition, though it's understood terms have been agreed between Cahill, City and the FFA for the Socceroo to join the club as a full-season guest player.

Van 't Schip agreed he would be a fine acquisition but wasn't prepared to pre-empt Cahill's decision.

"Who wouldn't like to have him in his team? He's proven (himself) every time and again," he said.

"We all know his qualities on and off the pitch. He's a great football player. More, I can't say."

Former Socceroo Neil Kilkenny isn't a part of the travelling City squad after suffering a minor foot issue.

Van 't Schip said he was delighted with the overall fitness of his squad which last year had been decimated by injury.

"Last year we were struggling up until December getting players in," he said.

"What I've been seeing the last few weeks makes me excited."

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