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Paolo Maldini claims “I still see the same faces in Italian football from when I quit the national team 15 years ago.”
Lazio attacker Felipe Anderson is reportedly a doubt for Saturday’s Derby della Capitale against Roma.
Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly opened talks with FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio over becoming Italy’s new CT.
Germany boss Joachim Low has hailed Daniele De Rossi for his moment of ‘greatness’ after he refused to warm up during Italy-Sweden.
Mario Balotelli has admitted that Simone Inzaghi is a “very good” Coach and refused to close the door on a potential move to Lazio.
Former Juventus man Luciano Moggi has claimed that Giampiero Ventura was set for Lazio before Italy and described the CT as “unfit and a dud.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists Carlo Tavecchio is doing a “great job” as FIGC chief, despite calls for him to step down.
Italy legend Dino Zoff admits their World Cup no-show “hurts so much” but believes a bright future is in store if the Azzurri “start trusting” youth.
Gerard Deulofeu assures “I won’t forget my experience with Milan” after explaining San Siro was where “I became a man.”
Paulo Dybala admits “it’ll be strange not to see Italy at the World Cup” but believes their no-show can “help them change their style of play.”
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Giampiero Ventura is still refusing to resign after failing to get Italy to the World Cup and insists “I lost only two games in two years.”
Reports in America suggest the U.S. Soccer Federation will invite Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana and Chile for a pre-World Cup tournament.
Diego Armando Maradona declared he “wants to return” as the Coach of Argentina following a 4-2 friendly defeat to Nigeria.
Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio doesn’t want to talk about replacing Giampiero Ventura, but “we’ve been sending warnings for years.”
Milan star Suso was given his full Spain debut in a 3-3 friendly with Russia, also featuring Napoli winger Jose Callejon.
While Carlo Ancelotti is the preferred choice for many, Roberto Mancini is emerging as the favourite to replace Giampiero Ventura as Italy Coach.
IKEA have mocked Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden with a new advertisement on Twitter.
Geoffrey Kondogbia’s agent confirmed he “wants to remain with Valencia for many years, but he has a contract with Inter and the two clubs will decide.”
Lorenzo Insigne has “apologised to all of Italy” for the World Cup exit, but refused to blame Giampiero Ventura. “You have to accept everything.”
Italy missed a Patrick Cutrone penalty, but completed a comeback to beat Russia in a 3-2 thriller. “We lost our shape,” complained Gigi Di Biagio.
Dino Zoff criticised Giampiero Ventura, pointing out “you must also know how to be a Coach and not just a selector of players.”
Andrea D’Amico, the agent representing Domenico Criscito and Sebastian Giovinco, complains they were “ignored” by the Italy squad.
After Atletico Madrid opens the door to Sime Vrsaljko’s Napoli move, the club’s official radio station says “there is not much distance.”
Barcelona consultant Ariedo Braida denies Roma are in negotiations to sign Aleix Vidal. “I have not had any contact with them for the player.”
The candidates for the Serie A Top XI players of 2017 are announced, with Max Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini up for best Coach.
Gigi Buffon’s tears at missing the 2018 World Cup prompted a video message from his hero: Cameroon legend Thomas N’Kono.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis slammed Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura for misusing Lorenzo Insigne. “I fired him in Serie C after three months.”
Torino President Urbano Cairo said he “didn’t see the Giampiero Ventura I knew. He looked like a guest” on the Italy bench.
There are reports Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa’s father Enrico met with Paris Saint-Germain to discuss his future.
Giuseppe Rossi sent a message to Italy fans after they failed to reach the World Cup. “I hope to be back defending our jersey as soon as possible.”
Juan Cuadrado has suffered a thigh injury with Colombia, and will return to Juventus for scans.
Inter and Italy legend Beppe Bergomi believes the FIGC should get Jose Mourinho or Roberto Mancini as the next CT.
Italy are reportedly considering Bari Coach Fabio Grosso as a possible replacement for Giampiero Ventura.
Diego Maradona says “it's sad that Italy, one of the greats” haven’t qualified for the World Cup but they “played as Sweden wanted, crossing the ball”.