“However, Paolo wanted to remain in Azzurro and we hope he can become an integral part of the project.”
The centre-back was an untouchable member of Walter Mazzarri’s three-man defence last term, but he doesn’t seem to be in the prime thoughts of new boss Rafael Benitez.
The Spaniard has dropped the 32-year-old from the starting line-up since the new Serie A season began.
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- Cristian Zaccardo