Paulo Dybala and Roberto Mancini lead tributes following death of Davide Astori

Paulo Dybala and Roberto Mancini were among those to tweet their condolences after the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, aged 31.

The 14-cap Italian international was found dead in his hotel room ahead of his side’s scheduled clash with Udinese on Sunday.

Understandably, the game has since been cancelled, as has every other fixture scheduled to take place in Serie A today.

A clutch of English clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham, have also passed on messages.

A club statement released by Fiorentina read: “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.

“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”

Astori, who started his career at AC Milan, enjoyed a 12-year career in Serie A.

He spent six years with Cagliari, making 174 appearances for the Sardinians during a six-year spell.

In 2014 he joined Roma on loan, before joining Fiorentina the following year.

He was made captain for La Viola by Stefano Pioli earlier this season and had made 27 appearances during the current campaign, scoring once. Astori had recently been in talks with the club over a new contract.

In all he made 262 appearances in Serie A, scoring six goals.

He made his Italy debut against Ukraine in March 2011, being sent off in Kiev, but would win 14 caps for the Azzurri, scoring once – against Uruguay in the Confederations Cup third place playoff in 2013.

Astori leaves behind his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and a two-year-old daughter, Vittoria.

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