Thursday December 1 2016
Samp expecting quiet winter

Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti is expecting a quiet January for the Blucerchiati as Luis Muriel “is shining in his own light”.

Having lost four straight games between September and mid-October, Samp have since gone five unbeaten, the side’s latest result – a 3-0 victory over Cagliari on Wednesday – confirming their place the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

“The mercato? It’s used to fix things, but we’re in line with our plan so we won’t pursue any big deals,” the sporting director told Rai Sport before the match.

“If we’re focusing on our [current crop of] lads, it means that we’re working well. Muriel? He’s a great talent. He’s shining in his own light.”

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