Leicester interest in Jewish star

AN Italian Jewish footballer is helping a small Serie A club on the way to their best ever league finish.

Andrea Petagna, whose maternal great-grandmother was murdered at Auschwitz, has scored 14 goals while on loan at Atalanta club SPAL, who currently sit 11th in the table.

Born in Trieste, he told Italian media that he has visited the death camp, fasts on Yom Kippur and attended the local Jewish school in Via del Monte.

Petagna has represented Italy at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, while his father, Euro, is a former coach of the Italian national youth team.

The 23-year-old has a 16 million price tag and has reportedly caught the interest of Leicester City, Atletico Madrid, Besiktas and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Petagna, who has been capped once for his country, rose through the ranks of AC Milan, and had spells with Sampdoria and Ascoli before joining Atalanta.

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