Cristian Volpato explains why he said ‘no’ to Socceroos call-up

AS Roma’s teenage sensation Cristian Volpato has broken his silence over the international tussle that led to his decision to turn down a Socceroos call-up for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

After unveiling his 26-man squad to go to Qatar on Tuesday, Socceroos coach Graham Arnold revealed he had spoken to Volpato, an 18-year-old rising star from Italy’s Serie A, three times the day before. to announce his team to urge him. pledge allegiance to Australia and accept the invitation to play for the Socceroos in Qatar.

Volpato, who was born in Sydney and played youth football for Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers before moving to his home country to join AS Roma, refused the approach, suggesting he was filming his back to his country of origin. birth to play for Italy, who failed to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Qatar.

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However, that’s not the case, according to Volpato, who posted to his Instagram Story to dispute speculation that his choice was made.

“I’ve seen a lot of speculation about the decisions I’ve supposedly made at international level: the truth is that I’m only at the start of my professional career and I’m totally focused on continuing this process at Rome,” the post said.

“Making any hasty decision regarding my international future at this early stage is likely to be extremely premature.

“I will have plenty of time to make the decision that is right for me, but right now I know I have to focus on continuing to work hard every day in order to keep improving as a player. Right now it’s time to focus on the game against Sassuolo!”

The post came after former Socceroos Craig Foster and Mark Boschich backed Volpato’s decision to snub Australia.

The 18-year-old is already logging regular minutes for AS Roma under legendary manager Jose Mourinho and has joined AS Roma legend Francesco Totti’s agency. Volpato described the Italian football icon as a “big brother”.

Although he was rejected by Volpato, Bosnich urged those involved in setting up the Socceroos not to shut the door on the young gun completely.

“I can understand it from both sides,” he said Stan Sports FC.

“I think (asking him to play for Australia) three times is more than generous, you can’t force them, if you don’t want to, you don’t want to. The fact that Graham asked is a good thing.

“From Cristian’s point of view… also completely understand, he wants to keep his options open.

“There’s going to be a lot of people saying, ‘Well, if he wants to do that, he can never play for Australia again’, and I’m like, ‘Never say never’.

“He’s a very young lad. He’s in a big world there. He’s got a lot of experienced people including his manager (Jose) Mourinho and Francesco Totti advising him. Leave him alone.

“If he doesn’t want to play for the Socceroos, OK, that’s his right. If he does, absolutely brilliant, but we move on.”

Foster also suggested that any criticism of Volpato for holding out hope of playing for Italy was misplaced, given that Australia often benefit from players with dual nationality.

“Australia has become used to using players from all over the world, and not just those who have settled here, but those who are overseas and sometimes have never even been here,” he said. he declares. Stan Sports FC.

“From time to time there are people who have this dual loyalty who will choose elsewhere. Of course, I hope he is fine.

“We are a beautiful, proud and multicultural country, and that means people don’t just respect Australia, but their cultural history and those are choices they have every right to make and we have to respect that. C is truly fantastic.”

Foster added that Volpato could still opt to represent Australia later in his career, particularly if he is unable to break into the Italian national setup.

“He’s very young and players make a lot of decisions that they later regret when they’re very young,” he said.

“He’ll listen to all the advisers right now, and as he grows up, if he doesn’t end up playing for Italy in the meantime, then he can start making his own decisions.

“He will for the moment be more influenced by those around him who give him this advice and say: ‘You have the possibility of (playing for Italy)’.

“That might not materialize, so give him time and we just wish him the best.”

“He’s at such an early stage in his career. We have to give him time and let him breathe,” Bosnich added.

“Maybe revisit the idea in a few years, but if he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to.”

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