Lorenzo De Silvestri says Sampdoria must prove themselves as the club gets ready for its 56th season in Serie A.
In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, the defender was upbeat about the Blucerchiati’s chances in the new campaign, but realised the side would have to work hard.
“We are newly promoted and we have to demonstrate we deserve to be in Serie A,” the right-back noted. “We start with no particular objectives.”
The 24 year-old international failed to make the Azzurri squad at Euro 2012 despite briefly featuring in the qualifying campaign.
He was then told that he was surplus to requirements at Fiorentina following the permanent move of Mattia Cassani from Palermo.
“I didn’t expect to leave until Cassani was signed. I then started to look around before a call from Sampdoria sporting director Pasquale Sensibile arrived.”
Sampdoria go into the season under former Italy Under-21 boss Ciro Ferrara and De Silvestri hopes to learn from the former Napoli and Juventus maestro.
“I’m happy to be able to work under him because he was a great defender.”
De Silvestri is also encouraged by the return of Andrea Poli following his loan spell at Inter, although the midfielder could still leave the port club.
“I'm sure he can give us a big hand and I know he’s a good player. I certainly hope he stays with us because he’s an important midfielder.”
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