Insigne, a Neapolitan born and bred, was often used as a substitute by Walter Mazzarri this term, but has become a stand-out figure in Italy’s Under-21 side, leading them to the European Championship Final against Spain.
“Congratulations to Lorenzo Insigne, one of the key players in the Italian Under-21 national team,” read the statement on Benitez’s official website.
“You are now playing at another level. Hopefully you can maintain this momentum in the upcoming season and I look forward to meeting up with you in a few weeks. Regards.”
The message was also posted in Italian so he and his fans could enjoy the praise to the full. Insigne turned 22 this month and scored the winning goal against England in the group phase.
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