Torino president wants Andrea Belotti to stay until 2018
Torino president Urbano Cairo says he will try to convince Andrea Belotti to stay one more season with his club, offering him the option to leave after the World Cup.
A €100 million clause for clubs outside of Italy was inserted in a new contract the Italy international signed in December and Cairo says he hopes nobody tries to activate it this summer, although he admits Belotti is unlikely to stay at his club forever.
However, he hopes the 23-year-old will heed his advice and stay on one more season, just as he was able to convince both Kamil Glik and Matteo Darmian to stay on before they moved on to Monaco and Manchester United respectively, having given both assurances that he would not stand in their way if they stayed just one extra season.
"It seemed stratospheric at the time, but now it seems too low," Cairo told RAI Radio 1 of the release clause. "I don't think anybody is going to come along and offer us €100m for him right now, though, so I think it is better for him and for us that he stays here another year.
"I've read that he would be happy to stay and I'll have a word with him. I think he needs to consolidate and have another great season and then go to the World Cup in really high spirits, and then we will see.
"I would keep him here for life, but I'm obliged to let him go if somebody from abroad offers €100m. Then it would be down to him -- he could even say no, but I have a splendid relationship with Andrea and I think we can still go a long way together."
Belotti has scored 24 goals in 28 appearances in Serie A this season, making him -- together with Roma's Edin Dzeko -- the league's current top scorer.
He has found the back of the net three times in seven caps for Italy and is contracted to Torino until 2021.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.