Joao Mario, last choice for Spalletti in midfield, remains determined to prove his worth
After having taken him into great consideration at the beginning of the season, Spalletti has now put aside Joao Mario who continues to see less and less playing time.
“It is clear that Joao Mario is the last choice among the five midfielders available and there is no margin to improve his ranking. This is a delicate situation and it is likely to get worse as in January because Ramires will probably arrive from Jiangsu Suning on loan.
“Joao Mario, in the meantime, wants to restart. He wants to show that he is worth a place in this squad, if not the 45 million spent to get him a couple of seasons ago. Let’s not forget that he was the revelation of the Portuguese national team that won Euro 2016.”