Simone Zaza finds himself in an interesting situation these days. For one, he's part of a Juventus team that has some really, really good forwards and therefore he's obviously not a first-team player. Yet, at the same time, he's still very much in the fold for an Italy call-up whenever an international break arrives.
You see where this may put Zaza in a tough situation.
It's something that caused those late-summer transfer rumors — which, by the way, ended up to be nothing at all. And since then, Juventus manager Max Allegri has said that Zaza is a part of the team's plans regardless of all the transfer chatter surrounding one of Juve's many summer signings.
So, since it's the international break and there's nothing really to talk about outside of Italy's comeback win over Norway on Tuesday, Zaza's agent has taken to speaking about his client's future at the club that spent €18 million to bring him to Turin over the summer.
"Simone is very relaxed, he's growing and improving. Obviously when you step up a level, there are more difficulties than you are accustomed to," agent Christian Maifredi told Tuttomercatoweb.
"Juve have an important group pf players and there's a lot of competition for places, but Zaza is giving his all. The situation was clear from the start. Simone is working intensively and in these cases you have to take what you're given, doing your best to earn more space. For now, this is fine.
"Simone played fairly consistently this month and even scored, so he's improving both technically and psychologically. He's maturing, we hope that he will earn more and more space at Juve in order to definitively convince Antonio Conte of his place in France.
"We are not taking a January loan spell into consideration. He is happy in Turin, will give everything for Juventus and represents the future of the Old Lady."
(Source: Football Italia)
Long quotes are long. And that means there's a lot to digest in all of this.
But the last part is the part that's most important — which kinda defeats the most important thing in reporting because you lede with most important — is that Zaza's agent said the striker isn't going anywhere come the winter transfer window, which opens up in a little more than two months.
(Yeah, about 10 weeks away, people. You thought your lives were free of transfer rumors. Just you wait and see what happens when November and December arrive. Soon, very soon.)
Injuries have allowed Zaza to actually see the field in the last few weeks before the international break. And, for the most part, he's produced when he's on the field. So while we all go back and forth about the degree of value Zaza actually brings to the table, ti sounds as though Juve won't have to hunt for a new striker come two-plus months from now. We've got that going for us, which is nice.