Armando Izzo says he is ‘happy’ at Torino, despite English interest, and that ‘Chiellini aside, I don’t see any Italian defenders better than me.’
Izzo has completed a remarkable turnaround in his career, from being banned for match-fixing two years ago to becoming a mainstay in Torino’s backline and being linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.
“I’m happy,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Everyone likes to be courted, but I have another four years on my contract with Torino.
“I want to succeed and prove my worth: I don’t like it when people say that I’m just a good player.
“I’m worth more than that. Among the Italian defenders, Chiellini aside, I don’t see anyone else better than me or more determined than I am.
“I’m honoured to wear the Granata shirt and spit blood for it until the last day I wear it.”
The 27-year-old made his Italy debut earlier in the year – and he has ambitions of adding to his only cap next summer.
“It’s my one big objective: I’d like to be a leading light in it after having had another great season. The European Championship would be the culmination of a dream.”