Palmeiras targets Cagliari striker Ribeiro

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2012, 13:06 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Brazilian striker Thiago Ribeiro has revealed his desire to leave Serie A club Cagliari and return to his homeland.

On loan at the Italian outfit since August last year, the 26-year-old hinted on Tuesday he could be ready to join Brazil`s Palmeiras.

"Palmeiras called my agent (Juan Figer) but there was nothing he could say because my loan doesn`t finish until June 30 and there is a buy-out option on the contract which gives Cagliari preference," Ribeiro said.

Ribeiro said his prime reason for wanting to return was family-motivated.

"Cagliari told me they wanted me there next season but I told them about my personal difficulties," Ribeiro said.

"I am a long way from my daughter. I only see her at Christmas and in the June holidays which is not ideal. I conveyed this to the club and am now waiting for their response."

Ribeiro currently belongs to Uruguay`s Rentistas, the club his agent Juan Figer uses to register his players.

Cagliari has the option of buying the former Bordeaux forward for 5 million US dollars before the end of the month.