Verona’s Brazilian-born Jorginho has underlined his desire to represent the Italian international side.
The 21-year-old is in possession of an Italian passport thanks to a great-great-grandfather who hailed from the north of the country.
“I feel Italian,” said the midfielder, who has been on the peninsula for the last six years, to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I dream of playing in and winning the World Cup with the national side. I hope that the bureaucratic issues are resolved quickly.”
Jorginho, who was selected by former Under-21 international boss Devis Mangia but who was uncapped, has been a revelation in Serie A this season.
The player has scored five goals in eight League games so far this term and was watched by Arsenal and Chelsea scouts at the weekend.
“Staying here for another season would only do me good,” he added. “I feel at home here and there is great enthusiasm in this place.”
Verona are currently fourth in the standings following their promotion.