Antonio Di Natale has revealed his delight at seeing boyhood club Empoli return to Serie A.
The Tuscan outfit were promoted on Friday evening, finishing second in Serie B after a 2-0 win over Pescara.
And the Udinese forward, who started his career playing for the Azzurri between 1996 and 2004, has admitted that it was great to see such celebrations over the weekend.
“It’s been great to see,” he told Gazzetta dello Sprt. “This is a victory for the President and of course, for the city.
“I am confident that with their best young players, Empoli will be able to build a squad that is capable of staying in Serie A.
“It’s clearly going to take a lot of work – Serie A is a step up and you have to be prepared for that.
“One year there? No, they know that I have chosen to close my career at Udinese. Maybe when I retire we can do something together.”