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Jose Mauri was the teenage shining star at last season’s Parma, at a time where the club had nothing to smile about.

The historic ‘Crociati’ were dissolved after filing for bankruptcy and all of the players owned by the club were sent into free agency.

AC Milan, picked up the prospect player on a free transfer and praised him to be a big player in the future. However, playing time has not come easy for the Argentine born midfielder.

Earlier in the week, Italy’s U-21 coach Gigi Di Biagio named Mauri to his squad, but Jose Mauri has rejected the call to represent the Azzurrini.

“Jose Mauri is a good kid and a fine player,” noted Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio.

“By choosing not to accept the Italy Under-20 call, he made a decision that is to be respected. He had been sent to the Under-20s so he could play a little, seeing as he never plays for Milan.

“Obviously if he feels Argentinean today then he won’t feel Italian in a month, so I don’t think we’ll try to call him any time soon.”

This is a common trend between Italy and Argentina, as many Italians left their native land in the diaspora over the last century. Many Argentina born nationals have played for Italy in the past, such as Mauro Camoranesi.

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