Friday May 31 2013
Poli: 'An honour to score'

Andrea Poli felt it was “an honour” to play alongside Andrea Pirlo for Italy against San Marino and hopes to be at the Confederations Cup.

The Sampdoria midfielder’s chances of making the final 23-man squad for Brazil this summer were boosted by his debut goal in a 4-0 friendly victory this evening.

“The Coach will make his decisions. I am happy with the goal, above all as it arrived on an important night for me and my teammates, as we wanted to do well,” he told Rai Sport.

“On paper this game was easy, but these things must never be under-estimated and we did well to maintain concentration.

“You can’t get better than to play alongside these champions and Pirlo is my idol. It was an honour to play with him.”

It is reported that Poli is in a head-to-head with Fiorentina’s Alberto Aquilani for a spot at the Confederations Cup.

“I get along very well with Alberto and we spent a lot of time together over the last few days. We haven’t considered who will go to Brazil, as if we both go or just one we’ll be happy, there’s no problem.”

Poli spent six months on loan at Inter last season, but has been repeatedly linked with a summer move to Milan or Juventus.

“I am a Sampdoria player today and am grateful to the club and fans, as I had been coming off an experience at Inter and always said I’m happy with the Blucerchiati.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future, as I am really not thinking about it right now. I know I’ve given my all for Sampdoria and will continue to do so if I stay there.

“Massimiliano Allegri admires me? Milan are a great team, obviously, but I really can’t answer these questions because there’s nothing to discuss right now.

“I have been able to play regularly without injury, which is a huge improvement over the previous two years. I now want to keep on improving at club and international level.”

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