AZZURRI

Brescia boss Eugenio Corini claims Italy starlet Sandro Tonali will be ‘the new Daniele De Rossi’ and not another Andrea Pirlo.
Despite French reports of salary issues, Italian media insist Mario Balotelli will eventually sign for Olympique Marseille.
Former Juventus boss Fabio Capello has branded the decision to award Inter the 2005-06 Scudetto a ‘joke’.
Giuseppe Rossi is reportedly returning to Old Trafford for training at the invitation of his former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Roberto Mancini is aiming high with his Italy ambitions. “I dream of winning the Euros and World Cup back-to-back, with a team that always takes the initiative.”
Italy Coach Roberto Mancini sees Nicolò Zaniolo as a “Paul Pogba style box-to-box midfielder,” while Nicolò Barella is reminiscent of Marco Tardelli.
Gianluigi Buffon spoke about his experiences from “invincible” teen to panic attacks, but “my idea, if PSG agree, is to play on for another year.”
Monday marks the first birthday of former Fiorentina, Cagliari and Italy defender Davide Astori since his tragic death last year.
Juventus and Inter will reportedly go head-to-head for both Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali and Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa.
World Cup winner Marcello Lippi believes Italy CT Roberto Mancini “is doing well to focus on young people”.
Olympique Marseille are ready to renew their attempts to sign Nice outcast Mario Balotelli and could get him as a free agent in January.
FIFA chief Gianni Infantino says there is no going back from VAR. “I wouldn’t abandon it for anything in the world.”
Italy CT Roberto Mancini insists ‘I’ve done my best’ for Mario Balotelli, who has ‘given me very little’, and ‘I’ll call up Fabio Quagliarella if he keeps scoring’.
Gianluigi Buffon insists he didn’t join Paris Saint-Germain for one last payday - “I will never prostitute my ideals and dreams for money”.
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says it would be “beautiful and strange” to play against Juventus, but doesn’t want to meet them in the Champions League final.
Gianluigi Buffon appears to rule out a return to the Italy squad - “I’ve spoken to Roberto Mancini, they don’t need me”.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri after the former Italy Under-21 forward failed to attend court.
Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit back at Deputy PM Matteo Salvini for playing down racism in Italy and claims football needs its own Colin Kaepernick.
Super-agent Mino Raiola warns ‘Italian football has no future if it fails to defeat the cancer’ that is racism.
Mario Balotelli, Samuel Eto’o and Patrick Vieira are among stars taking part in a French documentary on racism in football, titled ‘I am not a monkey.’
“All of Italian football will benefit” from Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret finding form and fitness, insists his agent Federico Pastorello.
Davide Astori’s mother is preparing her first Christmas without him after the Fiorentina captain’s sudden death. “I don’t want someone to blame, I just want to know why.”
Fabio Quagliarella has scored in each of the last seven Serie A rounds and for Sampdoria at the age of 36 could get an Italy recall.
Mario Balotelli is on the January transfer market and Nice want somewhere between €1.5-3m, with Olympique Marseille again favourites.
Mario Balotelli looks set to leave Nice in January, according to reports in France, after being frozen out by Coach Patrick Vieira.