Vito Doria Date: 21st April 2020 at 4:15pm
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defender Francesco Acerbi was close to a move to the Premier League with when he was at Sassuolo but he declined out of respect for Giorgio Squinzi.

The 32-year-old played for the Neroverdi from until 2018 and he had been linked with winter to England and but he remained with the Emilia-Romagna club to show gratitude for their support during his battle with testicular cancer.

“I should have gone to England to Ranieri’s Leicester or to Zenit [Saint Petersburg] with Mancini,” Acerbi said in an Instagram Live stream.

“I was not sure. I had to go to Leicester in January but I am a very grateful person.

“At that time, I didn’t want to leave Dr Squinzi, who had been very close to me in times of difficulty.

“I always said no [to offers] because of Sassuolo’s help.”