"I'm not surprised that some teams could think of him when it comes to strengthening their defence," Massimo Italia noted.
"Cristian has been playing in Serie A for five years now and people in the game know all about his quality.
"Mourinho's interest? No, I don't know anything about that. However, it is clear that any interest from big clubs is very pleasing."
And should a side come in with an offer in the New Year, Italia concedes that a switch could occur.
"January is the month for transfers," he continued. "As always, anything can happen."