Gianluca Scamacca has strongly hinted at a desire to return to play in Italy amid strong links with a move to AC Milan and Roma.
Milan have been repeatedly linked with a move for Scamacca this summer as they look to reinforce the centre-forward role and give Olivier Giroud some help after a season in which he worked overtime.
The 24-year-old chose to depart Sassuolo last summer and join West Ham in the Premier League for a fee worth €36m plus €6m in potential bonuses (via Wiki).
However, he had a tough first season due to injuries and there is already talk of a potential move back to Serie A, with the Rossoneri and Roma – the team he supports and played in the academy at – strongest linked.
Scamacca was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport about what his future holds and how he feels after spending a spell on the sidelines.
“On Monday we had a friendly and I played 45 minutes. It was the first part on the pitch after three months of inactivity and meniscus surgery,” he said.
“It was fantastic to be back on the pitch and I felt excellent. I’ll be in top form at the start of the season. After last season’s physical problems, I’m due some luck. If I’m fine, I’ll score 20 goals.
“Maybe people don’t know it, but I played all year with a broken meniscus. Then at a certain point it was impossible to continue and I ended up under the surgeon’s knife. Until March, I played 27 games, scored 8 goals.
“It could have gone better, but even worse… The Conference League was a great joy for everyone. It was our passion from the beginning of the season.
I didn’t play in the final against Fiorentina, it’s true, but of course I feel the Conference League is mine as well. I scored 3 goals in 7 games in the competition.
“Nostalgia? I’ve always had it and I always will have it. But… If I were to return to Serie A, it wouldn’t be because I failed in England, which isn’t the case.
“It would simple be because it would be an opportunity that cannot be rejected. No, it wouldn’t even be a step backwards for my career. Our league remains one of the best.
“Back to Roma? I’ve always thought with my heart and I will continue to do so in the future too. And you know what the two colours of my heart are. But now I’m a West Ham player and, despite all the rumours, I feel good here too.
“For me, Roma is home. And Totti, my idol as a child. And what player in the world wouldn’t dream of being coached by Mourinho? I am convinced that Mou would stimulate me and with him I would improve even more. We spoke with Pellegrini, he is a friend. Let’s say we joked about it a bit.”