Mancini Pleased with Retegui’s Choice to Develop in Genoa

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has praised Mario Retegui for taking the bold step to move to Serie A just months after earning his Azzurri call-up. Retegui, who moved to Genoa on a permanent transfer, was linked to a number of top clubs but ultimately chose the Grifone to further develop his career.

Speaking to Il Secolo XIX in an exclusive, Mancini gave his piece of mind on Retegui’s transfer to the Liguria giants.

“I knew he had open discussions with some teams in Italy and I’m glad he agreed with Genoa. In the Italian championship he will be able to improve. He is a serious boy, committed, and wants to grow. And here he can improve in terms of experience and tactically. He is full of will and, among other things, being in Italy and not having to travel thousands of kilometers at each call-up is certainly positive.”

Mancini also dished on the fact that both Genovese teams were led by two former world champions with Italy in 2006.

“Gilardino did a very good job: he brought Genoa back to Serie A. Pirlo had already done well at Juventus, I am convinced that he will also do well at Sampdoria.”

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