Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Bertolacci has admitted he could have joined Fulham in the January transfer window.

The midfielder joined Sampdoria on a free transfer this summer after being released by AC Milan at the beginning of July.

He’s looking to kick-start his career at the Serie A side having fallen out of favour at Milan, where he managed just 52 appearances in four years at the club.

So far his time at Sampdoria has not been a happy one, with them bottom of the table with just three points from their first seven games.

That’s seen a change in management, with Claudio Ranieri brought in this week to try and save the club from a relegation battle.

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It’s not the first time Ranieri has been brought to a club to do such a job, with him given the same task when he joined Fulham midway through last season.

He’s now linking up with Bertolacci at Sampdoria, but it seems the pair could have been working together sooner had things turned out differently.

“Ranieri’s come in, and we hope he can guide us towards our objective, which is survival,” he told Sky Sports, relayed by Football-Italia.

“It’s true that he wanted me at Fulham: there was the possibility in January, but it didn’t go through.

“Now, after a difficult year, I have a great desire for revenge.”