NEWS

Bacary Sagna admits Alberto Brignoli’s last-minute equaliser against Milan inspired him to join Benevento.
Luciano Spalletti has defended his handling of Francesco Totti at Roma and reveals Daniele De Rossi is “always welcome” as his assistant.
Chievo’s Emanuele Giaccherini accepts his Italy career is probably ‘over’ but assures “I haven’t given up and I’ve never closed the door.”
Sampdoria are hopeful that Fabio Quagliarella will retire at the club after he won a prestigious fan award on Tuesday evening.
Antonio Conte claims Chelsea were “one mistake” away from ‘perfection’ against Barcelona but backs them to do “something incredible” at Camp Nou.
Luciano Spalletti wants to coach Inter “for as long as possible”, jokes Stefan De Vrij “could be the captain of my virtual team” and expects Mauro Icardi to stay.
Milan will reportedly try to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko this summer as they look for a ‘guaranteed’ goalscorer.
Stefano Sturaro’s agent claims Juventus “think the world” of the midfielder and that they have “never mentioned the possibility of moving him on.”
Today's Italian sports headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Claudio Ranieri confirmed “if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes President and ask to be released.”
Antonio Conte confessed Chelsea “have a tendency to fire their Coaches. I intend to respect my contract, but both parties need to be happy.”
Alessandro Florenzi remains a major doubt to start for Roma in their Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, but Cengiz Under might not play.
Max Allegri has asked Juventus to bring Milan midfielder Jack Bonaventura to Turin next season, it’s reported.
Fabio Quagliarella has big ambitions for Sampdoria and his own Capocannoniere chances this season. “It doesn’t hurt to try.”
“Putting on the Roma jersey is like wearing a suit of armour,” said Daniele De Rossi. “I get goosebumps every time I pull it on.”
RB Leipzig have reportedly erected a special wall to create a smoking section in their locker room for Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri.
Former Milan defender Gabriel Paletta is on the verge of signing for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.
Interim Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio has hinted at a possible recall for Nice striker Mario Balotelli.
Serie B outfit Frosinone have seen their Stadio Stirpe nominated for Stadium of the Year 2017 along with Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
Inter drew 1-1 with Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League, but were eliminated in a sudden death penalty shoot-out.
Raul Albiol can’t wait to see what the Scudetto celebrations will be like if Napoli win the Serie A title. “We know what it means to the fans.”
Atalanta President Antonio Percassi wrote an open letter to fans ahead of their Europa League showdown with Borussia Dortmund.
Shakhtar Donetsk defendef Bohdan Butko is confident they can hurt Roma’s defence, but the first leg “will not be decisive.”
Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca expects Roma to provide “a rich game tactically between two teams who are not afraid to play and show their ideas.”
Milan owner Yonghong Li released a statement hitting back at “irresponsible” reports on his financial status, which “are damaging the club.”
Stefan de Vrij said farewell to Lazio fans, insisting “it hurts me leaving this way” after they “were not able to find a satisfying agreement.”
Massimo Donati is continuing his career after all, signing a new contract with St Mirren after he was released by Hamilton Academical.
Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi called Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino “a worse dictator than General Ceausescu.”
The new Italy Coach will be “a selector of players, so that restricts” the options for the job, said FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini.
Hellas Verona announced that midfielder Mattia Zaccagni has had surgery to correct a knee issue.
Juventus winger Douglas Costa reveals his Gremio team threw a game, “otherwise our fans might’ve killed us. If we had beaten Flamengo, we’d be dead.”
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini faces no video evidence punishment for striking Torino star Andrea Belotti during the derby.
As expected, Napoli will sign Hrvoje Milic over the next 24 hours, as the free agent is undergoing a medical today.
Jorginho’s agent has other clubs on high alert after warning Napoli “could be sacrificed to make way for an investment like Lucas Torreira.”
Andrea Pirlo confirmed his testimonial will be at San Siro on May 21, but also commented on the Nazionale, Scudetto race, Gigi Buffon and Milan.