Australian young gunner Cristian Volpato has revealed why he chose not to play for the Socceroos at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 18-year-old Roma star explained on Instagram that his immediate focus is on performing in the Serie A competition in Italy, where he is coached by Jose Mourinho.
“I have seen a lot of speculation about decisions that I have supposedly made at an international level: the truth is that I am only at the beginning of my professional career and I am fully focused on continuing that process at Roma,” he wrote. the attacking midfielder on Wednesday. .
“Making a hasty decision about my international future at this early stage could be extremely premature.
“There will be enough time for me to make the decision that feels right to me, but right now I know that my focus has to keep working hard every day to keep improving as a player.”
Cristian Volpato (pictured playing for Italy under-20s) has revealed why he refused to play for the Socceroos at the World Cup in Qatar
Though disappointed, Arnold wouldn’t rule out the 18-year-old playing for the Socceroos after the World Cup
The Roma star, 18, took to Instagram to explain that his immediate focus is on performing in Italy’s Serie A competition
Volpato’s social media post follows Socceroos boss Graham Arnold confirming that he met three times with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers Academy before announcing his World Cup squad.
“I pretty much told him he was in,” Arnold told Fox Sports.
“He wanted to leave and think about it. He wanted to speak to the people around him who helped guide his career.
“And he came back and turned down the offer to play for Australia in the World Cup. That is ultimately his decision.’
When asked how long he tried to convince the Roma prodigy to represent Australia in Qatar, Arnold replied: ‘See you probably 11pm Monday night.
‘It’s not my decision. I spoke to Cristian three times. Before that I had spoken to him countless times.’
Roma coach Jose Mourinho said Volpato has to ‘learn a lot every day, but he is already at the required level’
Born in the inner west of Sydney to Italian parents, Volpato holds dual citizenship and has already represented the Azzurri at the under-20 level.
With Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup, the Socceroos hoped having him included in their Qatar squad would promise the teenager his international future to Australia.
But he chose to turn down Arnold’s offer, in a decision that stunned many football fans down under.
Arnold did suggest that the 18-year-old could still play for the Socceroos in the future.
“Cristian is a great boy,” he said. “It is an extremely difficult decision for the child and he has people around him who have given him advice.
“He wants to make this big decision when there are two countries he can play for, Australia and Italy.
“He made that decision and refused our chance to play for Australia in the World Cup. It doesn’t mean he won’t in the future.”
Cristian Volpato (right) celebrates after scoring against Hellas Verona . on October 31
After being released from two academy-level A-League clubs, respected Sydney coach Tony Basha arranged for Volpato to have a trial with Roma.
The Serie A giants tied him to a three-year deal in 2020 and Volpato made his senior debut under Mourinho last season, before impressing in the current season.
He came off the bench to score and assist in Giallorossi’s 3-1 win in Verona last week, making Roma’s match roster in 15 of their 19 appearances in all competitions so far.
“He is a player with the quality of the first team,” Mourinho said of Volpato, whose agent is former Roma legend Francesco Totti.
“He’s young, he still has a lot to learn every day, but he’s already at the required level.”