Monday January 14 2019
'Barella not leaving Cagliari yet'

Cagliari’s sporting director has affirmed that wantaway midfielder Nicolo Barella will not be leaving the club this month.

Barella has been heavily linked with moves to Chelsea and Napoli this month, but Mario Passetti made it clear the Sardinians would hold on to the Italy starlet until at least the summer.

“We continue to talk about him, we do interviews and issue statements, but evidently we’re not being clear enough: we reiterate that he’ll stay for at least for the next six months,” he told Rai Sport before his side’s Coppa Italia tie with Atalanta.

“After that, we’ll see what happens in the summer. We have big ambitions and Nicolo gives 1000 percent in every training session and he’s happy to be at Cagliari. Selling him isn’t one of our objectives.”