Friday December 8 2017
Zaza eyes Italy rebirth

Valencia striker Simone Zaza says he ‘absolutely’ wants to be part of Italy’s future after Giampiero Ventura.

Zaza’s nine goals this season have helped fire Valencia to second in La Liga, and the former Juventus hitman – vilified after his infamous penalty miss at Euro 2016 – believes he is ready to relaunch his Italy career.

“Unfortunately, my knee did a number on me that week,” he told Tuttomercatoweb, referring to his absence in the World Cup playoff against Sweden.

“I had a great desire and determination, but unfortunately I had to stop. Otherwise, I’d have made my situation worse and the team would’ve suffered.

“My knee is fine for now. I don’t know what will happen at the end of the year, but we’ll certainly do other checks and then decide what to do.

“Playing for Italy again? Absolutely, yes. It’s a tough time for everyone. I can’t really say what the reason for the defeat to Sweden is.

“Ventura? It’s clear that generally speaking, certain things haven’t been done correctly, but I don’t want to talk about the former CT. Preferences for his successor? No, honestly.”

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