AZZURRI

Mattia Caldara admits he has ‘missed’ playing for Milan and Italy but is ready to make up for lost time after his long injury layoff.
Gianluigi Buffon explained his decision to leave PSG and options going forward. “I am in search of emotions. If I lack the drive I’m looking for, I might gift myself a year of learning.”
Spain Coach Luis de la Fuente considers the European Under-21 Championship opener with Italy “practically an early Final.”
Italy international midfielder Jorginho reveals he almost gave up on football after discovering his agent was ripping him off. "I was completely devastated."
Gigi Di Biagio is fired up for Italy’s European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain. “It’s a group game, but already worth a Round of 16 tie.”
Nicolò Barella warns the European Under-21 Championship is “a huge opportunity” for hosts Italy and not just because senior-level players are returning.
Fabian Ruiz has “vastly improved” at Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, said Spain Under-21 Coach Luis de la Fuente ahead of the European Championship opener with Italy.
After their fourth-place finish in the Under-20 World Cup, Justin Sousa analysed Italy’s tactical approach and key men.
Alex Meret and Emil Audero assure they don’t find it difficult going into the European U21 Championships competing for the gloves. “We are friends.”
Uruguay international Luis Suarez admits he was “in denial” after biting Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during the 2014 World Cup and needed psychological help.
Inter have reportedly received 18 offers from Italian and foreign clubs, including €15m from Benfica, for their starlet Andrea Pinamonti.
Italy have finished fourth at the Under-20 World Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Ecuador on Friday.
Italy have qualified for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup, courtesy of a record-equalling 5-0 victory over Jamaica.
Italy continue their steady rise under Roberto Mancini after climbing to 14th in the FIFA World Ranking.
Coach Paolo Nicolato urges Italy to “earn our place on the podium” of the U20 World Cup in the third-place final with Ecuador.
Mario Balotelli is a free agent, but despite interest from Parma and Brescia, it’s reported he could sign a new deal at Olympique Marseille.
Inter and Italy striker Andrea Pinamonti has been ruled out of the European Under-21 Championship with a knee injury.
Andrea Pinamonti is undergoing tests on a knee injury that could well rule him out of the European Under-21 Championship.
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent has revealed that the goalkeeper is ‘interested’ in replacing Iker Casillas at Porto.
Miralem Pjanic insists he is happy at Juventus and ‘loves’ the club, while Italy have a ‘beautiful’ future ahead of them.
Roberto Mancini is glad Italy proved their mettle against Bosnia-Herzegovina. “The Nazionale was demoralised, but now we play good football with a positive mentality.”
Bosnia-Herzegovina Coach Robert Prosinecki admits “Italy were stronger and you can’t afford to play badly against them even for a second.”
Federico Bernardeschi praised Italy’s mentality after fighting back to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina. “We kept plugging away.”
Giorgio Chiellini believes the comeback win over Bosnia-Herzegovina is “an important step forward for Italy, because didn’t lose our heads and continued playing our football.”
Lorenzo Insigne admits “it wasn’t our best performance, but the refusal to give up is in our DNA” after Italy’s comeback victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.