Agent: ‘Why Bernardeschi and not Politano for Italy?’

Matteo Politano’s agent is bemused as to why the Napoli winger is ignored by Italy, yet Federico Bernardeschi of Juventus gets caps.

The Azzurri are struggling to get goals at the moment and finished runners-up in their World Cup group to Switzerland.

It means they must go through the play-offs in March before knowing if they have a ticket for the tournament in Qatar in November and December.

With the lack of goals in a 4-3-3 formation, agent Mario Giuffredi asked a pointed question of coach Roberto Mancini.

“In my view, Politano and Domenico Berardi are the best attacking wide men in Serie A, but it’s Mancini who makes the choices and we have to respect his decisions,” said the representative.

Politano has made 16 competitive appearances in the Napoli jersey so far this season, contributing two goals and four assists.

As for Bernardeschi, the 27-year-old has not scored in the 2021-22 or the 2020-21 campaigns for Juventus, contributing five assists in a total 51 games between Serie A, the Coppa Italia, Champions League and Supercoppa Italiana.