Italy boss Cesare Prandelli won't be able to ignore Alessio Cerci for much longer, says former Fiorentina ace Angelo Di Livio.
The uncapped Cerci has been in fine form for the Viola this season, but he wasn't included in Prandelli's latest squad.
"I don't think that Prandelli can keep his eyes closed when faced with someone like Cerci," Di Livio told La Nazione.
"Cerci may have to adapt himself to Prandelli's formation, but his performances are above average and he won't have any problems.
"Alessio is Fiorentina's extra man this season, he's acquired strength and self-belief in his abilities. He's the most in-form player in the Italian championship.
"He reminds me a little of Bruno Conti. Alessio is more powerful, whereas Bruno had more fantasy."
Cerci, formerly of Roma, remained at the Stadio Franchi over the summer despite a bid from Manchester City.
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