Sassuolo central defender Francesco Acerbi has revealed that he turned down a move to Leicester City because he dreams of moving to a bigger club like Inter Milan, and emulating Javier Zanetti.
The 29-year-old, who spent a short time with AC Milan earlier in his career, has been an outstanding performer for the Black and Greens in 2016/17.
His form attracted the attention of former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who made a bid for the talented centre-back. Acerbi said of the interest shown in him by the Foxes to La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I had a chance to move to Leicester City and I think that was a good opportunity for my career.
"I spoke with Ranieri three times but I told him that I would have moved there only if Sassuolo wanted to sell me. I didn’t want to push to leave the club. I am grateful to Sassuolo for the chance they gave me.
"I don’t know if I will have the same chance in the future and I could still leave Sassuolo. I know I will be playing in another top club in the future. Honestly I’d prefer a move to Inter over Leicester, Zanetti was a hero, he played 162 games in a row.”