“Roma wanted Lorenzo Insigne and Rudi Garcia appreciates him a lot,” revealed the Napoli starlet’s agent.
The two clubs face off on Sunday evening in Serie A and Insigne was almost playing for the Giallorossi two years ago.
“It was when Zdenek Zeman was at Roma, as he had already trained him with success at Foggia and Pescara,” revealed representative Antonio Ottaiano on Calciomercato.com.
“There was indeed interest, which also came out publicly. Roma wanted Insigne and there was a real concrete interest.
“Lorenzo is growing a great deal thanks to Napoli and Rafa Benitez. He is appreciated by many important clubs, that is true. Are Roma still among them? I don’t know, but Garcia appreciates players like Insigne a lot, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was keeping an eye on him.”
Insigne is expected to be part of the Italy squad travelling to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, though he didn’t play in last night’s 1-0 friendly defeat against Spain.
“We hope he didn’t play because Cesare Prandelli already knows him well, but Insigne knows he has to earn his place the same way he has done so far. He didn’t need to be tested out again.
“His dream is to play in Brazil, but he knows that it needs to be earned via his performances for the club. Therefore he has to focus on Napoli and specifically on this weekend’s game with Roma.”