ROME – Apart from the technicians and observers who do it by profession, raise your hand who had ever heard of Cristiano Piccini, a 26-year-old full-back just summoned in the senior team. The coach Roberto Mancini called him because the role was discovered after the contemporary forfait of Romagnoli and D'Ambrosio, but certainly he was keeping an eye on him for a while.
And besides, despite the lack of familiarity with the Italian fans, Piccini regularly plays in the Champions League, he is the most titled winner in the Spanish Liga in Valencia, he has a no-win clause for anything: 80 million euros. Mancini, who wants players who play and not sparring partners to more celebrated (maybe just words) foreign colleagues in the clubs, had no doubts: "I think it's better that Piccini play abroad, at least play. He has had different experiences, he is doing well and we have been following him for a long time, for that we have called him. He can have an important future, he plays in the Champions League … almost always ".
In fact, in Champion he had the opportunity to compete with the best, he challenged without a fear the axis of Manchester United. Produced by the Fiorentina nursery, in 2014 he played a super game during the summer preseason against Betis Sevilla: the current Udinese coach Julio Velazquez did not think twice about taking him to Spain.
Good start but then a serious injury, then transfer to Portugal last year with, as they say, final consecration that earned him the interest of Valencia: 10 million on the plate and Piccini changed the shirt and got the armor of the case with a € 80 million rescission clause.
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