Atalanta insist that Ezequiel Schelotto will not be sold in January, but they concede that they won’t be able to keep him in Bergamo for much longer.
Schelotto has been paired with Roma and Inter in recent weeks, while he’s also been linked with Juventus at times over the last 24 months.
“Schelotto won’t be moving in January,” Atalanta director Pierpaolo Marino told Sky Sport Italia. “We can’t afford to unbalance the side this season.
“However, we are aware that we are unable to shackle our players who are being requested by the big teams.
“The boy is doing some fantastic things,” the former Napoli official added.
“He won’t be leaving after Christmas, but we won’t be able to clip the wings of a career that I expect will be bright.”
The 22-year-old can play as a right-back or on the right hand side of midfield.
Although born in Argentina, he’s represented the Italian Under-21 side and is hoping for a career at full level with the Azzurri.
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