Friday October 18 2013
Bonaventura puts Atalanta first

Giacomo Bonaventura knows he has to keep delivering for Atalanta should he want his career to step up in level.

The versatile midfielder was a revelation in Serie A last season and his efforts were rewarded with a first international cap in May.

“It is stimulating to know that big clubs are following me,” the 24-year-old told Sport Italia. “That’s because you always want to reach the level of the great players who are part of the great teams.

“However, I know that everything depends on what I do for Atalanta. If I one day want to go and join a giant then I have to prove that I am good enough.

“The national side? I’m not really thinking about Italy,” he added. “That can become a distraction. I just want to concentrate on Atalanta.”

Bonaventura has only made one appearance for the Azzurri to date – and that came in a 4-0 win over San Marino.

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