NEWS
Thursday October 24 2019
Zaniolo mother in Capello war of words

Nicolo Zaniolo’s mother has hit out at Fabio Capello after he advised Inter prospect Sebastiano Esposito “not to go the same way” as the Roma midfielder.

Capello made the comment while covering Inter’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund for Sky Sport Italia last night.

Presenter Ilaria D’Amico then claimed the 73-year-old was simply referring to how Zaniolo left the Nerazzurri for Roma in the summer of 2018.

Nonetheless, Francesco Costa fumed on Instagram: “Sometimes it’s better to be silent ... without words!”

She later added: “I’ll be your mother too, but you’ve gone your own way and you’re an example for lots of kids who write to us every day chasing your dream and hoping to be like you...

“You who started out in the Champions League at the age of 19, you who at the age of 19 scored a brace in the same competition, the youngest Italian to do so...

“You who at the age of 19 made your debut in the senior Italy squad... you who at the age of 19 was named Serie A’s best youngster in 2018-19...

“You who at the age of 20 already boasts 47 appearances for AS Roma, with seven goals and three assists...

“You who, for me, should be and continue to be an example, not a road to avoid, for all your peers, young or old... including the excellent Esposito...

“This is while hoping that this campaign against you, which I don’t understand the reason for, doesn’t destabilise you... I love you.”

Esposito made his Champions League debut for the Nerazzurri against Dortmund, the 17-year-old striker impressing in his 28 minutes on the pitch.

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