Giuseppe Rossi is hoping that he'll see Jozy Altidore in Serie A this season. Speaking at Steve Nash's Showdown charity event in New York's lower east side, Rossi admitted that he would like to see his good friend join him in Italy. Rossi and Altidore know each other from both growing up in New Jersey and were teammates at Villarreal. "Jozy, yeah [he'd be good fit in Serie A]," Rossi told Goal. "Jozy had a great season this year and I'm so proud of him. I hope his dreams come true." Altidore had a breakout year for AZ Alkmaar, scoring 31 goals in all competitions for the Eredivisie side. With rumors circulating that the U.S. international could be purchased for 8 million euros, Altidore has been linked with several clubs including Lazio in the Serie A. The Rome side reportedly leads the pack for the 23-year-old, and Altidore hinted that he would open to a move to Italy despite Serie A's notorious racist chants in the stands. "To go and face it at the root? It would almost make it more appealing to go there," Altidore told the New York Times. "I’m not saying Italy is a racist country, but it would be a good opportunity to take a stance. Italy is a stage." Rossi recently joined Fiorentina in the Italian top flight last January despite not fully recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him sidelined for almost two years. Prior to that injury, even Barcelona and Manchester United were tracking him for a possible bid. Despite missing out an opportunity to join an elite club, Rossi is looking forward to recapturing his form after being away from the game for a lengthy spell. Though Nash's Showdown isn't known for having much defense or physical play, it was a positive sign that Rossi played a full 70 minutes and was actively running up and down the field.
Rossi says Altidore a fit for Serie A
Goal.com | Jun 28