Friday July 26 2013
Immobile to follow Cerci path

Ciro Immobile doesn’t think his chances of being called up by Italy will be hampered by his move to Torino.

The striker, who is co-owned with Juventus, moved to the Granata this summer after they signed Genoa’s 50 per cent stake in him.

“Being called up to Cesare Prandelli’s international squad would be a dream,” the former Serie B top scorer noted.

“I’d like to imitate the journey of Alessio Cerci who, thanks to his performances for the Granata, was deservedly handed the Azzurri shirt.”

Immobile was a key player at Under-21 level for his country, but he is now too old to appear for the Azzurrini.

“My European Championship experience with the Under-21 side was really important,” he said when he reflected on his summer.

“I think my transfer fee went up by an extra €500,000 purely because of the goal which I scored in the Final against Spain…”

Devis Mangia’s boys finished Israel 2013 as runners-up. Gigi Di Biagio is now the new Coach of the Under-21 set-up.

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