Chiesa: “The Azzurri shirt is a dream come true. El Shaarawy: “I’m back to stay”

Chiesa: “The Azzurri shirt is a dream come true. El Shaarawy: “I’m ba

Having grown up at Settignanese near Florence, Federico Chiesa joined Fiorentina in 2007 and is now part of the Italy family ten years later. His great leaps forward follow in the footsteps of his father Enrico who was at home in Coverciano after spending five years with the national team. “I’m happy with this call-up, it was a great satisfaction but also a very special emotion for me, my father and my whole family,” said Chiesa on the final day of the training camp. “When I used to play at Settignanese nearby to here, Fiorentina was my dream but I looked at Coverciano as a goal that could be achieved in the future. In these days, I’ve understood how you work and play with the national team, I’m going back to Fiorentina with something more in tactical and footballing terms.”

In his mind, the young Chiesa only has one goal. “My first aim is the European Under-21 Championship, the second is to make it to Europe with Fiorentina,” he added. “I’ve said hello to Di Biagio and I’ll certainly need to keep giving my all. I also thank Sousa who decided in three days on my future in the summer. Here in the bar at Coverciano, there’s a list with all the firsts with the Azzurri for goals and appearances and I’d like to be on there one day. Antognoni? He’s been important, he has a great past with the Viola and the Azzurri. It would be nice to give what he gave to football. I know that there have been difficulties between Fiorentina and Italy fans, even if they haven’t affected me, but my hope is to give my all to help improve this relationship in the future.”

From the first call-up for Chiesa, to the return of El Shaarawy who first joined the group five years ago. He was first picked by Cesare Prandelli for the friendly with England in which he made his debut at 19 before he featured at the Confederations Cup in 2013 and later Euro 2016 in France with him making an overall total of 20 international appearances, scoring three goals. “I can’t take this call-up in anything than a positive way,” he said. “I care a lot about the national team, I’ve been a part of this group since 2012 and I’ve taken this call-up with an eye on the future. It helped me to get to know the manager and how he works ahead of a possible future call. I’m looking to the future, the matches in June and the World Cup and everything will count on me. I really missed the national team, I’ve always been a part of it from the Confederations Cup to the European Championship, even if I didn’t play. I care a lot because it gives you visibility and it’s cause for great pride to wear the Azzurri shirt:”

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