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Friday December 20 2019
Agent: 'Jorginho worth €80m!'

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos claims the Chelsea midfielder’s former club Napoli couldn’t afford him anymore. “He’s worth €80m today.”

The midfielder left the Partenopei in the summer of 2018 for €57m after four years to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, and after some early criticism, has played a vital role under Sarri and now Frank Lampard this season.

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Friday December 20 2019
Semplici: 'SPAL have nothing to lose'

Leonardo Semplici says “the time has come” for SPAL to end their slump when they travel to Torino with "nothing to lose”.

SPAL are rooted to the bottom of Serie A with only nine points from 16 games this term, and Semplici wants to see his players go for a win at Toro tomorrow.

“I think the time has come for us,” he conceded at a press conference. “We have to get a result because we need the points.

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Friday December 20 2019
Mattioli: 'SPAL trust Semplici'

President Walter Mattioli has confirmed that SPAL “trust” Leonardo Semplici and called on his players to commit to the cause.

SPAL are currently bottom of Serie A, with last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Roma extending their winless run in the League to over two months.

However, the patron believes Semplici is the man to guide them up the table, while demanding “strength” from his squad.

“After the defeat to Brescia, we were very disappointed,” Mattioli told ItaSportPress.

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Thursday December 19 2019
Serie A Week 17 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 17 have been announced, with Daniele Orsato handed Fiorentina-Roma and Luca Pairetto in charge of Inter-Genoa.

It will be the second time Orsato has officiated a game involving both Fiorentina and Roma.

Neither side lost on those occasions, but they each received four yellow cards.

Pairetto, meanwhile, is given the Inter-Genoa clash at San Siro, which represents the 35-year-old’s first Nerazzurri match of the campaign.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
'Petagna seems like he wants to stay'

President Walter Mattioli has insisted that Andrea Petagna “seems like he wants to stay” at SPAL, despite his admission that joining Roma would be a “dream”.

Inter, as well as Roma, have been mentioned as possible suitors for Petagna next month, but Mattioli assured his No 9 was “at ease” with his current situation.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Petagna: 'Dream to play with Dzeko'

SPAL forward Andrea Petagna is reportedly the subject of interest from Roma, and he admits it would be a “dream come true” to play with Edin Dzeko.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals in 16 Serie A matches this season and is being linked with moves away from Ferrara after 18 months at the club.

When asked about a potential transfer to Roma, he made it clear he would not able to resist the Giallorossi or the opportunity of working with Dzeko.

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Monday December 16 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Artist on 'racist' campaign

Football Italia exclusively interviews Simone Fugazzotto, the artist behind the controversial Serie A anti-racism campaign. “We wanted to make people reflect.”

The paintings were originally made in May to mark the Coppa Italia Final between Lazio and Atalanta, but were brought back by the Lega Serie A as part of today’s far-reaching initiative combating racism in stadiums.

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Sunday December 15 2019
SPAL and Semplici have faith

SPAL are reportedly standing by Leonardo Semplici after their 3-1 defeat to Roma. “We can get ourselves out of this situation.”

Andrea Petagna’s penalty had given them the half-time lead at the Stadio Olimpico, but it was all turned around after the break by Lorenzo Pellegrini, Diego Perotti and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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Sunday December 15 2019
Liveblog: Serie A Wk16 Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Juventus-Udinese, Milan-Sassuolo, Roma-SPAL and Fiorentina-Inter.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 11.30 GMT at the Stadio Bentegodi, where high-flying Hellas Verona take on Torino in a battle for a place in the top 10.

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Sunday December 15 2019
Fonseca: 'Right Roma attitude'

Paulo Fonseca was not worried before Roma’s comeback to beat SPAL 3-1. “We played with the right attitude and ambition.”

Andrea Petagna’s penalty had put SPAL 1-0 up on the stroke of half-time, but Diego Perotti’s penalty, Lorenzo Pellegrini’s deflected strike and a Henrikh Mkhitaryan tap-in turned it around.

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