EMPOLI, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: Hamed Junior Traore' of Empoli FC battles for the ball with Lorenzo Tonelli of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match between Empoli and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Carlo Castellani on December 22, 2018 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
EMPOLI, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: Hamed Junior Traore' of Empoli FC battles for the ball with Lorenzo Tonelli of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match between Empoli and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Carlo Castellani on December 22, 2018 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

The Italian defender is currently on loan with Sampdoria, where he has just played in 12 matches.

Italian center-back Lorenzo Tonelli started his professional career with Empoli in 2010 in the Lega Serie A.

There, he established himself as a good element and played in 159 matches, scoring 14 goals in the process.

He then was transferred in 2016 to Napoli, where he had a very difficult time making a name for himself and didn’t play much.

Tonelli was then loaned in the summer of 2018 to Sampdoria, where he is still struggling to do well.

“Will I stay at Sampdoria? We’ll have to see about that, it depends what the clubs decide,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.

“In Naples, they say that I don’t play a lot here to try to lower the price of the redemption.”

GENOA, ITALY - DECEMBER 26: Dennis Praet of Sampdoria looks on during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Chievo Verona at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on December 26, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Praet explains Sampdoria’s current state

The Belgian midfielder believes his team is doing bad but can come back stronger for the rest of the 2018-2019 Serie A season.

“I call this politics I’m not sure if this is true or not, as a player I just focus on practicing and give my best if given an opportunity,” he explained.

“What do I prefer between Napoli and Sampdoria? I want to find a solution that suits me and my family, I want to find a club that believes in me, if it’s Sampdoria great if not I’ll find another one.”

The footballer’s lack of game time has not allowed him to develop further.

He was called up to the Italy national team U16 team in 2006, and then in 2010 to the U21 squad, but since he’s not getting enough play time, he’s missing the chance to be playing for the Azzurri.

Possiamo e dobbiamo fare meglio perché abbiamo le qualità per farlo…non è andata come volevamo.

Posted by Lorenzo Tonelli on Monday, October 29, 2018