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Thursday March 13 2014
Diamanti: No Italy concerns

Alessandro Diamanti says he is happy with early life in China and unconcerned with a recent omission from the Italy squad.

The playmaker completed a move out to Marcello Lippi’s Guangzhou Evergrande in early February and then missed out on a spot in Cesare Prandelli’s squad for the recent friendly with Spain.

However, the 30-year-old has reflected that he is not concerned that this is an indication of what may come in the summer.

“I’ve never worried and I only have to work hard,” Diamanti has considered in the Gazzetta dello Sport today.

“Prandelli has known me for three years and knows what I can give.

“I am and will remain available to the CT even from a distance.”

Diamanti considered his first few weeks in China too.

“The relationship with my teammates is very good, I’m adapting as quickly as possible but certain understandings will come through just playing together.

“We are trying to up the tempo in order to learn more and I am trying to work hard and with great humility. The fans also help, many have followed us even to Japan, they are very attached.

“Lippi’s new contract? Yes, with this agreement, the Coach will be here for a total of five years and now, after my first month, I can say that I too find it really good.”

Two of Diamanti’s former clubs in Livorno and Bologna face off on Sunday in a battle between two relegation candidates.

The Felsinei head into that fixture notably struggling since Diamanti’s exit for goals.

“I don’t know [why they are struggling], it’s up to the Coach to solve the problems at Bologna. I cannot tell from a distance what is missing or not. It’s not for me.

“I repeat, they have everything to be saved, because the others have difficulty, whilst survival will only be decided in the last games. And I very much hope that both Bologna and Livorno do it.”

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