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The Italy international has admitted that he is happy with the Russian Premier League side but would like to return to the city of his birth to join Walter Mazzarri's men

Rubin Kazan defender Salvatore Bocchetti has stated that he is happy with his current side but would like to move to Napoli in the future.

The Italy international was born in Naples and has been linked with a transfer to the San Paolo club in the past, a connection which he admits that he could seek to re-establish.

The 25-year-old will be keeping an eye on the Partenopei's Serie A match against Genoa, for whom he played before making the switch to Russia.

"Sunday will be a small derby for me because I left my heart in Genoa, whilst Naples is still my city," Bocchetti told Radio CRC.

"Will I one day wear the blue shirt? This was addressed last summer. I was very close to joining Napoli, but then the club failed with a few details.

"I gave my availability to the club. I also came to meet Napoli but we did not come to an agreement. Being from Naples, to play in the Napoli team would be the best," he admitted.

Despite the Italian being the subject of speculation over a move back to his homeland, Bocchetti has stated that he is in no rush to leave Rubin but feels that he will return in the future, with the current transfer window a possibility.

"At Rubin I am fine, I feel good and the future is good," he continued.

"However, I have not abandoned the idea of returning to Naples. [Napoli coach Walter] Mazzarri has always had nice words for me; I thank him because I am proud to hear his thoughts.

"It would be a dream for me to play for the team of my city.

“Why not try to move to Naples as early as January? Maybe. From now until January 31 there is still time; you never know what the future has in store," he concluded.

Napoli are currently in seventh place in the Italian top flight, six points adrift of the top four.