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Sampdoria coach Ranieri: Zaniolo not Totti's heir

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri has urged calm around Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

Zaniolo struck twice for Italy in their Euros qualifying victory over Armenia - making him the youngest Roma player to do so.

“Zaniolo is not heir to Totti," Ranieri told the Corriere dello Sport. “But he is a great player and might grow into a champion."

“I was waiting for him last year," the former Giallorossi coach added. “But I had him in the worst period. He has got this natural talent and is improving game after game."

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