Torino Star Discusses Release Clause, Names Childhood Idol & Reveals His Toughest Serie A Defender

Jude Summerfield

Torino striker Andrea Belotti says the €100m release clause in his contract has no effect on him.

The 23-year-old has scored 25 goals in 30 Serie A games, level with Roma's Edin Dzeko at the top of the league's scoring charts, and his great form has led to links with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Torino chairman Urbano Cairo has recently claimed he will not sell the Italian for less than the release clause, but Belotti says the potential fee means little to him.

FC Torino v FC Crotone - Serie A
FC Torino v FC Crotone - Serie A

“The clause honestly has no effect on me,” Belotti told Tiki Taka, as quoted by ​Football-Italia.

“The transfer market gives inflated figures, the price of a player has risen a lot.”

Torino are preparing to play Juventus after their home tie against Sampdoria and Belotti says his side will be ready for the second match against the Italian giants after losing the first game 3-1.

“I scored to make it 1-0 against Juve in the first game. Like all the derbies it was a very passionate game and we thought we could do something important.

FC Torino v FC Crotone - Serie A
FC Torino v FC Crotone - Serie A

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as [Gonzalo] Higuain had two nice pieces of play. We know that you can’t give a team like Juve anything, but we’re ready to try again at Juventus Stadium.”

Belotti also revealed former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko was his idol growing up, while he also declaring his admiration for Juventus defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

“Sheva [Andriy Shevchenko] is my absolute idol,” Belotti revealed.

FC Torino v Udinese Calcio - Serie A
FC Torino v Udinese Calcio - Serie A

“He was a champion on and off the pitch, an exemplary professional who impressed me with the ease with which he scored from every position.

“As for defenders, [Giorgio] Chiellini is one of the most difficult to face, as is [Leonardo] Bonucci, they’re always very attentive.

“Then there are a lot of defenders who go in hard, also at Chievo like [Dario] Dainelli and [Nicolas] Spolli, they give out and take a lot of hits.”


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