What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
De Sciglio: 'Proud of Maldini comparison'
Mattia De Sciglio smiled at the “wonderful comparison” with Paolo Maldini after another self-assured performance for Italy.
Buffon: 'I can reach 150 caps'
Gigi Buffon saved a penalty in Malta on his 126th Italy cap, but is confident he can reach 150 and criticised the Azzurri for their attitude.
Montolivo: 'Balotelli's a star'
Riccardo Montolivo praised Mario Balotelli’s form, thanked Gigi Buffon and explained why Milan and Juventus dominate the Azzurri.
De Sanctis: 'I leave the Azzurri'
Morgan De Sanctis has confirmed he is retiring from international duty. “I leave Italy in good hands.”
Prandelli: 'Thanks to Buffon'
Cesare Prandelli conceded it was not Italy’s finest hour, but praised Gigi Buffon and warned they were “lacking in intensity” in Malta.
Balotelli brace conquers Malta
Mario Balotelli bagged a brace as Italy earned a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Malta, but Gigi Buffon had to save a penalty.
Serie B introduces salary cap
Serie B have announced plans for a salary cap and a limit on how many players over the age of 21 a club is allowed to have.
De Sanctis international retirement
Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has announced his international retirement on his 36th birthday. “This is my last time with the Nazionale.”
Italy face Malta in tonight’s World Cup qualifier with a starting XI entirely made up of Juventus and Milan players.
Zarate requests contract termination
Mauro Zarate’s agent has confirmed “we requested the termination of his contract” with Lazio last week.
WC: Czechs win in Italy group
The Czech Republic secured a 3-0 victory away to Armenia in Italy’s World Cup group, while tonight there is Denmark-Bulgaria and Malta-Italy.
Maran extends Catania contract
Catania have officially extended Coach Rolando Maran’s contract to June 2015. “For the first time our project can grow over a three-year period.”
Bologna's Perez injury blow
Bad news for Bologna, who will be without midfielder Diego Perez for three weeks after he damaged knee ligaments on international duty.
Balotelli: 'Love helped me settle down'
Mario Balotelli opened up to Vanity Fair about being “in love” with new girlfriend Fanny, why he will eventually meet his daughter and finally settling down at Milan.
Mou: 'Inter and Chelsea in my heart'
Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation of a potential return to his old clubs by declaring “Chelsea and Inter are still in my heart.”
Parma snap up Panama striker
Parma have reportedly offered a deal to hitman Jorman Aguilar after he trained with the club this week.
Perrotta to miss Palermo
Roma will be without Simone Perrotta for Saturday’s trip to Palermo, as he sprained his ankle in training today.
Toni: 'Jovetic, Arsenal not a top club'
Luca Toni has advised Stevan Jovetic to ignore Arsenal’s calls, for “they are not better than Fiorentina. If he has to leave, make it for a real top club.”
Man City favourties for Jovetic - report
Manchester City are the only team with any serious interest in Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, according to reports.
'De Laurentiis' ideas are nonsense'
Lega Pro President Mario Macalli has rubbished Aurelio De Laurentiis' idea of allowing youth teams into the football pyramid.
'Roma match might be our last chance'
Palermo defender Andrea Dossena believes their match with Roma this Saturday is the last chance to fight for survival.
€11m Napoli bid for Kucka rejected
Genoa sporting director Rino Foschi has revealed that the club turned down an €11m bid from Napoli for Juraj Kucka.
Rosina: Genoa will be very difficult
Siena attacker Alessandro Rosina has admitted that this weekend's match with Genoa will be 'very difficult'.
Icardi 'calm' about his future
Mauro Icardi has insisted that he is 'calm' about his future despite being heavily linked with a move away from Sampdoria.
Gastaldello focusing only on Samp
Sampdoria captain Daniele Gastaldello has claimed that he is focusing entirely on his performances for the club, despite rumours of a national team call-up.
Wolfsburg to bid for De Ceglie - report
Juventus wing-back Paolo De Ceglie is a summer target for German club Wolfsburg, according to reports.
Quag on his Champions League dreams
Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella has admitted that is has always been his dream to play in the Champions League.
Hernanes opts for Europa League glory
Hernanes says he would sacrifice qualification for the Champions League if it meant that Lazio collected silverware this term.
Juve tie vital, says Stramaccioni
Andrea Stramaccioni is hoping to celebrate his year in charge of Inter by beating Juventus on Saturday.
Donadoni: No Milan contact!
Parma Coach Roberto Donadoni has categorically denied suggestions that he will be the next Milan boss.
Zeman for the Czech Republic?
Zdenek Zeman is being talked about as a possible successor to Michal Bílek if he is replaced as the Czech Republic boss.
Jovetic tempted by England
Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic has opened the door for a Premier League future. “It looks tempting.”
Sanchez: I’m happy at Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez has responded to links with Juventus and Inter by insisting he’s happy at Barcelona.
Napoli great even without Cavani
Napoli will still be a force to be reckoned with even if Edinson Cavani decides to leave, says President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
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