Davide Frattesi is attracting interest from the biggest Serie A clubs but the Sassuolo prodigy sees his future in the Premier League.
The Italian midfielder has already scored four goals and provided three assists in what has been a phenomenal season with Sassuolo. His performances has impressed the likes of Juventus and Inter as he seems set to move to a bigger club in the coming seasons.
In an interview with Tuttosport, Frattesi spoke about Sassuolo’s environment, transfer interest from Juventus, and where he sees himself in the future.
“A club [Sassuolo] not too pressured about results and this helps to work well, especially the youngsters. It’s a perfect place to grow, the rest depends on the individual.
“I’ve always been hungry, ever since I was a kid I’ve always told everyone that I wanted to get to the top and even now I want to try to get higher and higher.”
He also spoke about his strong relationship with former Juventus player Claudio Marchisio and reports linking him with a move to the Bianconeri.
“One of the first times I was called up for the first team at Roma, we went to warm up in groups of three and the Bianconeri players did the same, when it was my turn there was Marchisio. My grandmother Stefania had been making me collages with photos of me and him, saying you look the same!
“I replied that she was saying that because she saw me with the eyes of love. Once there, with the idol of a lifetime, perhaps even more of my grandmother than mine, I went to ask him for his shirt.
“It was a great emotion, I had only played in the Primavera, but he told me straight away that he would give it to me at the end of the game and at the final whistle, even though I lost, he came straight to me.
“I took the shirt and didn’t know what to do. I thought: ‘He won’t want mine, what’s he going to do with it?’ Instead he asked me for it. We’ve kept in touch and I still hear from him, you rarely meet people of that calibre in football. We all know the player.
“I can see myself in him a little, there is something similar. Talking to him I also found out that we both spent a year at Empoli, but I certainly have to continue to work hard. He had a very important career, he was one of the strongest Italian midfielders. I must work to try to emulate him one day.
“It certainly gives me pleasure, that’s for sure, but now is not the time to think about such things. I’m only thinking about finishing the season well, then this summer we’ll see.”
Lastly, the 22-year-old spoke about a possible future in the Premier League.
“I’d like that, it’s a league I can see myself in. But it’s a step to take in two or three years, after I’ve established myself. But it’s a league that fascinates me a lot, also because it doesn’t have too many tactics, where you go back and forth for ninety minutes and I like that idea.
“Then Gianluca Scamacca, who was in Holland, told me that abroad they have a different way of approaching football. It would be nice to get to know a new culture,” he added.