Frattesi’s ‘long and strange months’ since Scamacca joined West Ham

Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi admits he misses his friend and former teammate Gianluca Scamacca: ‘It’s been strange…’

The Italy striker joined West Ham from Sassuolo in a €36m deal in the summer.

“I’ve missed him so much, two long months. It’s been strange to be one far from the other as we used to live together,” Frattesi said during a live Q&A on Italy’s social media channels along with his former teammate.

“I’ve known him since we were five or six years old. Sometimes he would come to my place to watch games, then our friendship became even stronger through the years,” continued Frattesi.

Scamacca and Frattesi played in Lazio and Roma‘s youth sectors, but the striker left Italy in 2016, joining PSV. He returned one year later, signing for Sassuolo, where he once again reunited with Frattesi.

“We lived together at Sassuolo since we tested positive for COVID after the last winter break,” the midfielder revealed.

“We spent the isolation period at the same place and we were in sync, so we remained together until the end of the season.

“Now we are with the national team together, sometimes we joked about it in the past. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Frattesi has been included in the Italy squad following an injury to PSG star Marco Verratti. He has scored two goals in eight appearances across all competitions with Sassuolo.

Scamacca has three goals in nine games with West Ham but has yet to find the net in the Premier League, having scored all his goals in the Conference League.

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