Italy-born striker Emmanuel Gyasi says he is open to playing for Ghana’s Black Stars.
The 26-year-old marksman was born in the Italian city of Palermo to parents of Ghanaian descent.
Gyasi, who is on the books of Italian side Spezia Calcio, revealed that Ghanaian legends Asamoah Gyan and Stephen Appiah are his mentors.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 51 goals, while Appiah is one of Ghana’s greatest midfielders and both played in Italy.
“My dream is to play for the senior national team [Black Stars]. I believe hard work and determination can get me into the Black Stars,” Gyasi said on Goal.
“I have two mentors, Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan.”
Gyasi is coming off a successful season (2019/20) in which he played an instrumental role in helping Spezia secure promotion to Serie A from Serie B for the first time.
“I’m glad I was able to play a key role in Spezia’s qualification into Serie A after just two years at the club,” Gyasi continued.
“This is historic because Spezia have not played in the Serie A before.”
The talented forward netted nine goals from 37 Serie B matches last season and he revealed that he has received offers from different clubs.
“I’m very happy at Spezia because they take very good care of the players and I feel very comfortable,” he stated.
“I have received a lot of offers, however, I want to sit with the technical directors of Spezia and listen to what they have for me before I decide the way forward.”
Gyasi, who was nurtured in the Torino academy has never played for Italy at youth level nor senior level.