Tuesday October 4 2011
Cigarini has Azzurri target

Luca Cigarini intends to remain in the international set-up after he was included in the latest Italy squad.

The uncapped midfielder was named in the Giro Azzurro for just the second time on Sunday after his first call-up in August 2010.

"I've got back into the international set-up and I now don't want to lose this shirt in the future," said the playmaker.

"I know that it will be hard to find space in the side because I have monuments in front of me like Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo, but I'll give my best."

He added: "The squad here is stupendous, I know almost everyone and I've had no problems settling in.

"I still haven't spoken at length with boss Cesare Prandelli, but we know and understand each other. There won't be any problems."

Cigarini, who worked with Prandelli at Parma, rejoined Atalanta in the summer after problematic spells at Napoli and Sevilla.

"I had 18 difficult months, but they are thankfully behind me now," continued the 25-year-old Parma youth product.

"I was happy to come back to Bergamo and I'm even happier now because things are going well at Atalanta."

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