Saturday December 17 2016
Caldara 'flattered' by interest

Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara is eager for another goal against Milan today and is “flattered” by Juventus interest.

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The 22-year-old has already bagged an impressive three goals in 10 Serie A appearances this season.

This kind of form has earned him links with Milan, Inter, Napoli and above all Juventus.

“It is flattering to hear that, but the credit goes to Atalanta and (Coach Gian Piero) Gasperini, who really believed in me,” Caldara told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are the defenders we youngsters look up to, as I think they are the best pure defenders in the game.

“I like the way they play and their mentality, always determined to win and get even stronger. Juve are the best side in Serie A, but Roma have great players too.

“My idol was Alessandro Nesta, but I am not kidding myself, as even if on paper Milan don’t have the champions they once did, they still play good football and it’ll be tough for us.”

Could Caldara find his place for Italy at the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

“Right now that seems an awfully big adventure. I must first and foremost try to remain in the Under-21 line-up. It all depends on my performances, but of course playing for Italy has been my dream since childhood.”

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