DUTCH superstar Ruud Gullit heads the star-studded Sampdoria lineup returning to the Hong Kong Stadium to defend the Satchi Italy Cup against local outfit Sing Tao on June 10. Sampdoria, led by England captain David Platt but minus Gullit, showed their style when they crushed Hong Kong's top team Eastern 4-1 before a capacity crowd of 40,000 fans last year. Although Sing Tao do not have as big a following as Eastern, organisers are expecting another full house with Gullit the major draw. The Dutch striker did not make the trip last year because he went back to his former club AC Milan at the end of the 1993-94 Italian season but has now rejoined Sampdoria. Club vice-president Dr Enrico Ercolani said: 'Ruud Gullit's form is shaky at the moment but he is a fantastic player and he should provide great entertainment for the Hong Kong fans. 'We will be bringing our best team but David Platt is uncertain because he may have to play in England's warm-up matches for the European Championship. Whether he can come depends on England's schedule.' Italian stars returning with Sampdoria are forwards Roberto Mancini and Attilio Lombardo, central defender Pietro Vierchowod and midfielder Alberigo Evani, who came into prominence at last year's World Cup. Sampdoria are also bringing new signings Walter Zenga, the former Italian international goalkeeper, and his former Inter Milan teammate Riccardo Ferri and Roma's Yugoslav recruit Sinisa Mihailovic. A notable absentee is striker Mauro Bertarelli, who won plenty of Hong Kong fans when he curled in a startling left-foot shot for Sampdoria's second goal last year. Bertarelli broke his leg in the European Cup Winners' Cup match against Swiss side Grasshoppers of Zurich earlier this year and will be out for the rest of the season. High-riding Sing Tao, who beat South China in the Viceroy Cup semi-finals last week, are on the lookout for guest players to boost their chances against Sampdoria. Club chairman Ng Chung said: 'Sampdoria are one of the best teams in the world so we are scouting for guest players to strengthen our team.' Sampdoria are still in contention for the European Cup Winners' Cup, reaching the semi-final stage. They lost the first leg 3-2 to English Premier Leaguers Arsenal and are scheduled to play the return match in Genoa next Thursday. Ercolani is confident Sampdoria will make up for the one-goal deficit on home soil, saying: 'All we need is a 1-0 win over Arsenal to make the final and we have a great record in Genoa. 'We've played more than 40 European games in Genoa and we've only lost one match - to Porto last month. 'We should be able to overcome Arsenal and we hope to come to Hong Kong in June as the European Cup Winners' Cup champions.' Sampdoria, however, are not doing so well in the Italian League and are currently ninth. Ercolani said their objective is to finish in the top six and earn a place in one of the European cup events next year. Sampdoria are also scheduled to play two matches in China on their Asian tour, against the Chinese national team in Beijing on June 8 and then a Sichuan selection in Chengdu on June 13. The Italians also visited Beijing last year and were beaten 4-2 by the national squad. But Ercolani said: 'We were out sightseeing and enjoying ourselves so much that we forgot football. 'We won't be making the same mistake this time and we have a score to settle with the Chinese national team. We aim to win all three matches of the tour.' Meanwhile, Instant-Dict are likely to play crack Brazilian side Flamengo in an international friendly at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday, April 30. Instant-Dict are not revealing their rivals although the match is only three weeks away. But yesterday an official confirmed Flamengo are one of two Brazilian teams they are chasing. Rangers have been proposed as hosts for Arsenal on May 20 as curtain-raiser to the friendly international between another English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, and an Eastern-Kitchee combined side.