Kostas Manolas has spoken to Premium Sport about both his future and that of team-mate Radja Nainggolan. Both players have been linked with summer moves away from Roma, but Manolas stressed that his own future is entirely in the Giallorossi’s hands and that the directors know what they need to do if they want to keep him.
Kostas Manolas’ agent, Ioannis Evangelopoulos, has told tuttomercatoweb.com that it is up to Roma whether or not they sell the Greek defender in the summer. Manolas has been heavily linked with a lucrative transfer to Inter or the Premier League, but Evangelopoulos underlines that his client will go along with whatever the club decide.
Speaking to the media after Napoli’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night, Dries Mertens apologised to Roma’s supporters for how he celebrated his first goal against the Giallorossi last weekend in the Partenopei’s 2-1 win at the Olimpico.
Sassuolo’s managing director, Giovanni Carnevali, has confirmed that the club turned down approaches from Roma for both Gregoire Defrel and Lorenzo Pellegrini in January. Speaking to La Clessidra di Sansepolcro, the director admitted though that Pellegrini’s future with the Neroverdi is uncertain as Roma may take up their buy-back option on the highly-rated midfielder.
Oscar Arias, Monchi’s right hand man at Sevilla, has confirmed that the sporting director will leave the Rojiblancos. Monchi has been frequently linked with taking over at Roma in the summer, and although Arias didn’t shed any light on this when he spoke to Sport Cope he did make it clear that the sporting director’s future lies away from Seville.
Former Roma captain Giacomo Losi was interviewed by La Signora in Giallorosso on Tele Radio Stereo about the club’s current situation.
AS Roma Match Program (F.Viola) Roma have only ever played Villarreal once before, a two-legged affair in the last 16 of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup. The Spanish side have only visited the Olimpico once as well, and when they did there was a certain Giallorossi player on the pitch who still refers to Roma as “us”. Francisco Govinho Lima, born in 1971, wore the Giallorosso shirt for 3 seasons, making 130 appearances for the club.