Cairo cautious over Belotti stay

29 April 2017 06:33:40 EST

Torino president Urbano Cairo accepts that he cannot guarantee that star striker Andrea Belotti will still be at the club next season.

The 23-year-old Italy international is the joint leading scorer in Serie A this season with 25 goals, with his form earning him the reward of a new contract.

Will he remain at Torino next season? I honestly don't know.

Urbano Cairo

That deal contains a release clause of 100million euros for club outside of Italy, although Cairo admits that even such a massive price-tag may not be enough to put off all potential bidders.

He told the Corriere dello Sport: "Will he remain at Torino next season? I honestly don't know.

"When his agent asked me for an increase in salary after last season's excellent campaign and the stunning start to this one, I said fine, I'll improve the contract, but at this point let's add a release clause worth 100million euros only for abroad.

"The agent in his negotiation was wondering whether to extend the contract, but I pointed out that if we weren't going to extend it, why should I pay him more?

"So we found a happy medium - I extended the contract, but if the player did such extraordinary things as to tempt a foreign club to come in with an offer of 100million euros, I'd allow him to leave.

"Having said that, Belotti could also turn them down and refuse to go, in which case I'd treat him well and probably guarantee even more improvements to the contract."

Torino play host to Sampdoria on Saturday evening and are 1/1 to win the game and 1/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with Belotti 1/1 to score at any time.

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