AZZURRI

Italy CT Giampiero Ventura admits “we need” Marco Verratti but “the problem is having him healthy, injury-free”.
Giampiero Ventura “will meet” with Mario Balotelli, but Federico Fazio won’t be given an Italy call.
Manolo Gabbiadini’s agent admits the forward moved to Southampton to put himself in contention for the World Cup in 2018.
Juventus teenage sensation Moise Kean spoke of the “honour” of wearing the Italy jersey. “I dream of winning the World Cup.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura confirmed he is “watching” Porto defender Alex Telles against Juventus for a potential Azzurri call-up.
Marcello Lippi believes Serie A has improved thanks to “a change of mentality, a courageous attitude”.
Mario Balotelli returned to the Nice starting XI this evening, but received his third red card of the season in Ligue 1.
Roberto Baggio spent his 50th birthday with victims of the earthquake in Amatrice. “It was my best birthday, the one most full of meaning.”
Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna celebrated his first Italy call-up, albeit just for a training camp. “It’s motivation to do even better.”
Roberto Baggio explains why he opted to spend his 50th birthday helping earthquake victims in Amatrice. “You can’t tell from home what’s really happening.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura called players, including Roberto Gagliardini, Domenico Berardi and Gianluca Lapadula, for a training camp.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti hailed Roberto Baggio on his 50th birthday, even if “many Coaches did not understand him.”
Italy’s European results this week saw them move closer to England in the UEFA ranking, as Roma and Fiorentina won with Napoli losing to Real Madrid.
Federico Bernardeschi celebrates “the best goal of my career so far” for Fiorentina and wants to be a leader in the new generation of Italy stars.
Roberto Baggio turns 50 on Saturday and confessed he is “constantly surprised by the affection of the people even 13 years after my retirement.”
Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura will name his squad for a get-together next week of promising young players who could get full call-ups.
Simone Zaza’s father says being “slaughtered” by the Italian media affected his son’s confidence at West Ham United.
Marco Verratti is “pleased at interest from big clubs, but I don’t want to change. PSG want to become one of the top three in Europe.”
Marco Verratti put on a masterclass as Paris Saint-Germain crushed Barcelona 4-0, while Borussia Dortmund missed a penalty in their loss to Benfica.
Roma defender Federico Fazio revealed he could opt to play international football for Italy rather than Argentina.
Marco Verratti’s agent warned “he has certainly reached a crossroads in his career. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter and Juventus are interested.”
Mario Balotelli “lets his head drop and looks like he wants nothing to do with us,” said Nice teammate Valentin Eysseric.
Mattia Caldara reveals that when he heard about interest from Juventus he 'thought it was a joke!'
Gigi Buffon “could continue playing after the 2018 World Cup,” said his agent, but Gianluigi Donnarumma won’t be his Juventus heir.
Simone Zaza has admitted that his comical penalty miss for Italy in Euro 2016 'traumatised him'.