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Andrea Petagna on going to Napoli: “This is the most important opportunity I’ve had in my life.”

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, SPAL forward Andrea Petagna, on loan from Napoli since January, discussed his move to the south, his time at Atalanta and the rest of the season in Ferrara.

[Asked whether he’ll be learning the Neapolitan language] “I’ll try to do it as soon as possible. This is the most important opportunity I’ve had in my life. I’m arriving with a high goal tally, which comes not only from my time at SPAL and Atalanta – I’ve had a lot of experience in Serie B which has allowed me to arrive at the best level for this new adventure. It’s a unique opportunity for me, it’s important and I hope I can be ready when I get there.”

“I can’t wait to be managed by Gattuso and play with great players like Mertens and Insigne, and the others. Those two are fantastic players, I admire them a lot and they are opposite to me in terms of characteristics.”

“Bergamo was my Serie A consecration, I had two amazing years there and I’d like to thank Percassi and Gasperini. I’m sorry to see the city as it is today [affected by Covid-19], but I’m convinced that Bergamo will be able to get back up quickly. Atalanta will keep them smiling. It’s the only team who I still watch all the time, I’m attached to my ex team-mates, particularly Papu and Iličić, and I’m happy that they’re doing so well in the Champions League.”

“We’re six points from safety, and with a new manager we’ve shown we can do well so we think we can do it. We’re working very hard from home. Ferrara has influenced me a lot, I’d like to thank the sporting director and president because they’ve made me feel like an important player.”

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