Torino and Genoa meet in Serie A on Friday at 5.30pm (UK time), with fans returning to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino for the first time since club president Urbano Cairo revealed Andrea Belotti is likely to leave at the end of the season.
The poster boy of Il Toro, club captain Belotti has remained loyal to the club whom he has represented with merit since 2015, but with the 27-year-old in the final year of his current deal in Turin, president Cairo has conceded that he “probably doesn’t want to sign” a new contract.
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Torino vs Genoa previous line-ups & injury news:
Torino started the campaign in disastrous fashion, losing their opening two Serie A games, but summer appointment Ivan Juric stabilised Il Toro to go four successive games unbeaten (including two wins over Salernitana and Sassuolo). They’ve hit patchy form again since, losing yet another Derby della Mole to Juventus and coming up short against table-toppers Napoli last time out, which just leaves the club lurking 12th in the table.
For Genoa, they haven’t fared much better, still relying on the instinctive finishing of 38-year-old Goran Pandev and winning just the single game this term, against 19th-placed Cagliari on matchday three. Davide Ballardini’s men have only lost twice in their previous six outings, but three of those contests have been draws, and Il Grifone must seriously start to put points on the board if they are to haul themselves out of the relegation zone in these early stages.
- Torino (vs Napoli): Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Bremer, Rodriguez; Singo, Lukic, Linetty, Aina; Mandragora*, Sanabria, Brekalo.
- Genoa (vs Sassuolo): Sirigu; Biraschi, Vasquez, Criscito; Sabelli*, Toure, Badelj, Rovella, Fares; Destro, Pandev.
Having missed five crucial Serie A games in September and the start of October, Andrea Belotti returned to training last week and featured off the bench against Napoli at the weekend. The seasoned Italian marksman will be hoping to earn only his second start of the campaign now that he has recovered from injury. Rolando Mandragora also went under the knife this week and is a major doubt for the hosts, while Stefano Sabelli came off injured for Genoa last time out and is likely to sit this one out.
‘Andrea Belotti unlikely to sign new contract’
Long touted to leave Torino, Belotti may now finally be calling time on his career in Turin if club president Cairo’s latest comments are anything to go by. The 27-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract, and talk of extending his time in Turin remains very quiet indeed.
“He hasn’t signed and he probably doesn’t want to sign,” Cairo told reporters at the Festival dello Sport in Trento.
“I made an offer that went beyond my capabilities, but I can’t force him to do anything. I don’t think he wants to sign.”
The question now arises as to whether Torino cash in during the January transfer window, hoping to receive a fee and prepare time at the end of the season to identify viable replacements, or lose their cherished asset on a free in the summer, a disastrous scenario given how much his price tag was just a few years back.
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