Davide Astori is glad his “season has finally started” after coming on for Italy, as he was benched by Cagliari.
The defender has not played a single minute of Serie A football yet this term amid transfer gossip, but came on as a substitute in Italy’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria  last night.
“I really wanted to play and do well. My teammates helped me, especially as it wasn’t easy because at that point Bulgaria were pouring forward,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I am glad my season has finally started and will do so with Cagliari on Sunday. In these first two rounds we picked up three points, so we hope to notch up more as the campaign goes on.”
Astori had been on the verge of a transfer to Napoli when Rafa Benitez pulled the plug, while he was also linked with Milan, Fiorentina, Roma and Southampton.