Atalanta starlet Ezequiel Schelotto hopes to shine against Roma today. “I'd like to follow the footsteps of Mauro German Camoranesi.”
The winger is of mixed Argentinean and Italian heritage, but opted to play for the Azzurri at Under-21 level.
His career was set to take off in those very early years, but he fell off the radar until coming back with a bang in Bergamo.
“It makes me very proud that the Atalanta fans sing the same chant for me that they did for Claudio Caniggia. Claudio is a friend, but I mustn't get big-headed. It is an important and prestigious comparison.
“I feel in sporting terms very much Italian. When I left Argentina, I decided not to return again. My family is here and we're happy.
“I do hope for a call from Cesare Prandelli, as that would be the ultimate. I'd like to follow in the footsteps of Camoranesi, as he also grew up in the Banfield youth academy, is Italian-Argentine and a right-winger. I'm missing the final step, the Nazionale.”
Atalanta face Roma in the 17.00 UK time kick-off and are the virtual Serie A leaders, as without the six-point penalty over a betting scandal, they'd be top of the table.
“We've got to keep our feet on the ground, otherwise we risk ruining everything,” continued Schelotto in the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Our target is safety, as most teams stay in Serie A with 40 points, but we need 46. Once we achieve that objective, we can start to have fun. Who knows where we might end up...”