Monday December 11 2017
Verdi: 'I won't leave Bologna'

Simone Verdi assures he won’t leave Bologna in January, despite Inter and Napoli interest. “I want to end the season here.”

The winger is the most two-footed player in Serie A, as confirmed by his ability to score two free kicks – one left-footed, one right – during the same match.

“I am definitely not leaving Bologna in January, as I want to end the season here,” Verdi told Sky Sport Italia.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m staying for several more years, but I am happy here.”

Growing up in the Milan youth academy, the 25-year-old has two senior Italy caps thanks to his performances with Bologna.

“I must continue to do my best with Bologna and the final word on a call-up always rests with the Italy Coach.

“I had many Coaches in my career and they all gave me important lessons. The first who really believed in me was Giampiero Ventura, as he took me away from Milan.

“Maurizio Sarri also repeatedly told me that I could become an important player. Then I arrived here at Bologna and I flourished.”

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports.