Sampdoria striker: Balotelli is my idol
“I am here to do the best I possibly can,” said Petagna.
“[Mario] Balotelli is my idol, even if [Giampaolo] Pazzini is definitely the player who I most model myself on.
“Pazzini told me all about Sampdoria, that they have great fans and a wonderful club.
“I am settling in quickly, but I’m still looking for a house. I’ve found a new family here.”
Round three of the Serie A season see’s Petagna’s Sampdoria take on Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 15, in the season’s first Derby della Lanterna.
“A lot of people have already asked me about the Genoa derby and I can only say I’ll do all I can. I’m already raring to go and I hope to score, why not?
“I chose the shirt number 37 because it’s mine and I’ll never let it go.”