Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi, has signed a two-year contract to play for Italian Serie A club Perugia.
Questions about Gaddafi footballing ability have been raised in Libya
The Libyan international player was presented with the Umbrian side's number 19 shirt at a ceremony at team president Luciano
Gaucci's castle in the village of Torre Alfina, south-west of Perugia.
The 28-year-old midfielder left the Libyan club Ittihad earlier this month to clear the way for his move to Italy.
He already had business relationships with three other clubs in Italy, including part ownership of Juventus.
"The work in front of me isn't easy," Gaddafi said. "But this is an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
Suggestions in the Italian media that the club is signing him purely for publicity have been denied.
"I'm convinced this is good for everyone," Mr Gaucci said
on Sunday. "Above all I believe in him as a person and in his
ability as a player."
Gaddafi, who is president of Libya's football federation, said he was up to playing in Serie A.
"In Africa, we play some games that are maybe even tougher than
the ones in Italy," he told reporters.
Gaddafi gave one-word responses to several non-football
questions asked by journalists - including some about the flow of illegal immigrants passing through Libya to Italy.
Asked what Libya could do stem the flow, Gaddafi said he
had "no idea", after which Mr Gaucci barred further political questions.
"We don't want to talk about politics today, only
soccer," the president said.
Asked what his father thought of his career move, Gaddafi replied: "He's fine about it."
Perugia, who finished ninth in the Serie A last season, have a reputation for signing
internationals from other nations.
The club was involved in controversy last summer when
Gaucci threatened to fire South Korean forward Ahn
Jung-Hwan, who scored the goal that
eliminated Italy from the World Cup.