​Empoli's star Riccardo Saponara has been attracting the interest of several highly rated clubs including the likes of Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus. The 23-year-old Italian is aware that he caught the eye of a few teams, but has stated that he intends to remain at Empoli until the end of the season.

The player served a three-match suspension, after he received a red card in a match where his side lost 2-0 to Frosinone. Prior to the incident, Saponara had been in impressive form as he notched up 3 goals and 2 assists and will be feature against Sampdoria on Thursday.

"The rage is gone, I have learned my lesson” ​reports Calciomercato. “It won’t happen again. I have always felt the pressure, but it had never turned into irritation before”.

The attacking midfielder continued by commenting on the rumours regarding his future.

"Of course I am honoured by the interest of such great clubs, but I have a task to accomplish with Empoli.

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"All the rest depends on this. I don’t think anything will happen in January, I would like to stay until the end of the season”.

Riccardo Saponara started his second spell at Empoli in January this year, after he previously failed to impose himself at AC Milan, where he spent a year and a half with the Rossoneri. The player however, is also very close to making his debut for Italy, with head coach Antonio Conte eager to see what Saponara can offer his country. Saponara represented the Italian U21's on 22 separate occasions and scored 3 goals.