'I want to stay' - Zaza frustrated by Valencia exit rumours

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The former West Ham striker found the net for his country for the first time in near four years in a friendly against Netherlands on Monday

Simone Zaza expressed his frustration at continued speculation surrounding his Valencia future, insisting he wishes to remain at Mestalla.

Italy forward Zaza scored his first international goal in almost four years against Netherlands on Monday, having returned to the squad after impressing with 13 La Liga strikes in 2017-18.

His fine form has led to reports he could be on the move – AC Milan have been credited with an interest – but he insisted that is not the case.

"I do not understand why I have to leave. [The media] are always speaking about my exit from Valencia, but I have always said that I want to stay," Zaza told Onda Cero.

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"I get along with everyone and I live very happily here. I have not talked to the club about my future, they have not been in contact with me."

Zaza's appearance on Monday was his first in an Italy shirt since November 2016, just months after a horror penalty miss in a quarter-final shoot-out loss to Germany at Euro 2016.

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