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Poli aiming for World Cup spot

July 17, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Andrea Poli hopes his move to AC Milan can be a springboard into the Italy national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Andrea Poli celebrates after giving Italy the lead
GettyImagesAndrea Poli is eager to make an impression at AC Milan.

Poli signed for Milan earlier this month, having been at Sampdoria for over six years in a spell that saw him loaned out to both Sassuolo and Inter Milan.

However, despite having previously worn the colours of Inter, the 23-year-old insists the Rossoneri are his favourite team in the city.

“It’s an absolute dream to be here,” he told the Milan Channel television station. “As a fan of Milan, I have been able to crown this dream.”

Poli is currently the only new face in the Milan squad this summer, and is set to replace Massimo Ambrosini, who has moved to Fiorentina after his contract expired.

Capped three times by Italy already, he hopes to add to that tally by impressing in Serie A and the Champions League over the coming season.

“I want to do well with Milan to earn my ticket to the World Cup,” he said. “I know it won’t be easy, but I’ll always work hard. The national team is certainly an objective which I can reach by doing well with Milan, and that’s what I want to do.”

Poli says he cannot wait to make an impression at Milan, and is eager to help the side overcome their upcoming Champions League play-off.

 “I hope to score in the first game I play,” he said. “Certainly it would be an amazing feeling for me, but above all I hope to help the team win. Milan are a club who are made for winning and I think we can do well on all fronts.

“We’re all desperate to start well with the Champions League play-off. We’re working well and there are all the ingredients for a great season.”