Andrea Belotti is ‘not interested’ in leaving Torino this summer.
Belotti was expected to leave the Granata last summer with Manchester United and Milan battling for his signature, however Torino’s refusal to let Il Gallo leave for less than €100 million prevented him from moving on.
This season, Belotti has failed to hit the heights of last season as the 24 year-old has only scored six Serie A goals and was part of the Italy team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The Torino gunman spoke with Domenica Sportiva and started the interview by discussing Italy’s friendly against England on Tuesday.
“It’ll be an important showcase, one that’s more so than usual.
“We know the stadium we’ll be playing in and what emotions it can carry. We’ll be there for everyone to see us. There’ll be millions of people watching”.
Belotti then proceeded to discuss his future at Torino.
“People tell me I should go to a big club who play for trophies, but I evaluate what’s right for me 360.
“I’m not interested in going to a big club if it means me not playing or being a substitute. If I move, it’s because I’ll be a starter.
“I think a striker shouldn’t only think about scoring goals but also helping the team because you win and lose as an eleven.
“You attack together and defend together. That’s how I like to play, showing how much I care”.
The 24 year-old was asked about Juventus and Italy Captain Gianluigi Buffon who is likely to retire at the end of this season.
“Buffon is the absolute leader of this national team. When he quits, I must show that I can be a leader and also help the younger guard”.
Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they were defeated 1-0 on aggregate by Sweden in the play-off in November.
“I don’t want to see pictures of the Sweden game at San Siro again. We’ve tried to stay united and compact, as well as overcoming a sense of precariousness”.
Gian Piero Venutra was Azzurri Manager for Italy’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign but his failure to guide Italy to a World Cup has seen him become a hated figure in Italy.
“Ventura? I didn’t resent him. As a team and with work and time, we have to show that we’re still a great national team”.
Belotti suffered two injuries this season and the Torino Captain was asked how he was doing and if he can enjoy a strong end to the season.
“After the two injuries I had, I’m now physically and mentally well. Luckily there are still lots of games: I can bounce back”.