Inter Milan striker Francesco Pio Acerbi has praised the impact that Nerazzurri Primavera coach Christian Chivu has had on him.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, the 17-year-old Inter starlet opened up by the role that Chivu has had in his development.

This season, young Inter striker Esposito has enjoyed something of a breakout campaign. The teenager has been one of the outstanding players for the Nerazzurri’s Primavera team all season.

Now, Esposito is following up this form with his performances for his national side.

Esposito scored thee third goal for Italy in a 3-1 victory over Colombia at the Under-20 World Cup. He has been starring as a key player for the Azzurri all throughout that tournament.

This could not have come without the help of those around him at Inter.

Esposito, like his two older brothers Sebstiano and Salvatore, came through the youth ranks at the Nerazzurri. He is on the cusp of breaking out at the senior level now, seemingly.

However, young Francesco Pio is still putting the finishing touches on his development. And he is benefiting greatly from the coaching of legendary former Inter defender Chivu in the Primavera setup.

Inter Youngster Francesco Pio Esposito Full Of Praise For Christian Chivu

Esposito said that “I’m very grateful to coach Chivu for giving me so much confidence.”

“He took me from the youth ranks into the Primavera, and I also became captain,” the young striker noted. “I had already worked with him in the Under-14s, where he got my playing as a striker.”

Espoisito also spoke about former Inter and current Chelsea midfielder Cesare Casadei.

“Cesare is a point of reference for us,” he explained. “A leader who is able to make the difference in decisive moments.”

“He really seems to be on another level from the rest of us, his experience in England has made him grow and he’s showing it.”

“He’s a point of reference even off the pitch,” he said of Casadei.