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The agent of Emanuele Giaccherini has defended his inclusion in the Italy squad despite a lack of playing time at Juventus. “Daniele De Rossi probably wouldn’t get a game there…”
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to partnering Mario Balotelli against France tomorrow. “Now I have to prove my quality.”
Giorgio Chiellini is one of the few old hands starting tomorrow’s Italy-France friendly. “It’ll be weird without Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.”
Marco Materazzi was surprisingly nice about Zinedine Zidane, but blasted Rafa Benitez. “He thought he knew everything, but was afraid of his own shadow.”
Devis Mangia praised Italy’s second half performance in difficult circumstances, but acknowledged Spain were ruthless with any mistakes.
Siena are going to be without Massimo Paci for the next three weeks after he suffered a thigh strain.
Ezequiel Lavezzi confessed he misses Napoli and would welcome Daniele De Rossi at Paris Saint-Germain.
Italy’s Under-21 side paid the price for defensive errors, but dominated the second half and were denied by a goalline clearance in their 3-1 friendly defeat to Spain.
France manager Didier Deschamps is “happy to be back in Italy” for tomorrow’s international friendly against the Azzurri.
Francesco Guidolin has urged the Udinese ultras to stand by them during this difficult time. “This is a new and young side that needs the support of its fans.”
Cesare Prandelli has named his starting XI for Italy’s friendly with France, a 4-3-3 including Marco Verratti, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Alexandre Pato looks ahead to Napoli-Milan, explains why he took the penalty and denies he was attacked by angry fans.
The tension is cranking up ahead of the Genoa derby and 15 Sampdoria ultras held a meeting with players and Coach Ciro Ferrara.
More injury news for Inter, as midfielder Fredy Guarin has been diagnosed with a thigh strain and is out for two to three weeks.
Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi believes that Daniele De Rossi will stay at the club, despite rumours of a move to Manchester City.
Parma boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Mario Balotelli could go on to be the best player in the world.
Palermo boss Gian Piero Gasperini has claimed that the club cannot delude themselves, despite their 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday.
Urby Emanuelson has admitted that the there is a 'heavy atmosphere' around Milan after their poor start to the season.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted that his exclusion from the squad for the game against Pescara was 'a good lesson'.
Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder could make a January move to Anzhi Makhachkala, according to reports in the Russian Press.
Massimiliano Allegri's relationship with the Milan players looked to be disintegrating after reports surfaced of his rant after the loss to Fiorentina.
Fiorentina President Andrea Della Valle is set to invest upwards of €10m in January to help secure a Champions League place.
Claudio Marchisio insists that his Juventus side have what is needed to become a major player on the European stage.
Mario Balotelli is again being linked with both Milan clubs, but his agent insists the striker will stay at Manchester City.
Palermo have rejected transfer speculation suggesting that they could recall Matias Silvestre from Inter in January.
Milan have dismissed widespread reports in the Italian media that fans hassled Alexandre Pato after the loss to Fiorentina.
France boss Didier Deschamps has explained why the Serie A based duo of Paul Pogba and Philippe Mexes are currently not part of his plans.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could decide to experiment with a 4-3-3 system in this week’s friendly against France.
Davide Santon is happy to be back in the Italian national squad, but he has no desire for a Serie A return. “I’m happy at Newcastle.”
Torino chief Urbano Cairo has admitted that he is unsure whether Rolando Bianchi will sign a new contract with the club.
Inter technical director Marco Branca has thanked Juventus for ‘allowing’ them to sign Antonio Cassano.
Alexandre Pato was surrounded by angry Milan fans as he tried to leave San Siro on Sunday following the 3-1 loss to Fiorentina.
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has pulled out of today’s Italian Under-21 friendly against Spain because of an injury.
Early indications suggest that Italy will face France on Tuesday with a strike force consisting of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.

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