The Italian began his professional career with Genoa after spending time in the Juventus academy – briefly showing for the Bianconeri in the 2007-08 campaign.
After returning to the Grifone in search of more minutes, the Italian built a reputation for himself as a standout performer at left-back – moving to Zenit St Petersburg for €11m in June 2011.
Criscito only just returned from a devastating knee injury in the fall sustained last March – working his way back into the Italy squad as he’s been linked with an exit from Russia.
Tottenham Hotspur were linked with the 27-year-old as a potential solution to the depth problem on the left side of the defence – whilst Napoli and Fiorentina had also been mentioned as potential destinations.
But representative Andrea D’Amico has now downplayed a return to Campania for Criscito – he was born in Cercola, not far from the city of Naples – insisting a trip to see the Partenopei in action at the weekend wasn’t a sign of ongoing negotiations.
“Criscito to Napoli? I don’t think that is possible right now,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “In fact, I think it is a very difficult move as the right conditions do not exist at this time.
“Mimmo is playing in a rich club, and is an important member of the team, who do not wish to lose him.
“I was in Bologna yesterday to see Napoli, the same way I was in Verona to see them a few days ago.”
Just a fortnight ago D’Amico hinted that a switch to the San Paolo could indeed be on the cards – but as only an agent could, has backtracked as the situation has clearly changed.
His denial was quite specific – focusing solely on Napoli – though it doesn’t seem that Spurs have much of a chance to take on the Italy international if still interested regardless.
The figure €15m was bandied about as Fiorentina were talked up as a possible destination for Criscito in October – which would be a steep price to pay for Tottenham to acquire a full-back with a history of injury issues.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto was allowed to leave over the summer on loan to QPR, and Spurs are yet to solve theirdearth of left-back options. Criscito appears to probably be a no-go, but where the new manager will turn to at this stage remains a mystery.
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