Palermo’s Curva Nord have published a message of support on their Facebook page congratulating Roma’s Curva Sud for their perseverence in protesting against the division of the curva. The Curva Nord, who have close ties with their Romanisti counterparts, praised the Giallorossi fans’ actions after the barriers inside the Stadio Olimpico were removed by the authorities, prompting them to return for Roma’s next game against Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening.
AS Roma Match Program (Tiziano Riccardi) 30th May, 2015: Roma-Palermo, Matchday 38 of the 2014/15 Serie A season. It was the final game in Italy’s top flight, and it was a sweet epilogue, coming as it did 5 days after the Iturbe and Yanga-Mbiwa derby. That derby secured the Giallorossi’s direct qualification to the Champions League group stage at the expense of their local rivals. But the game against the Sicilians was the last time that the Curva Sud turned up in their entirety to support their team freely, without being troubled in how they entered the ground or being divided by barriers in the middle of the curva. After that Roma-Palermo game the Curva Sud was full for Roma-Juventus in the league and Roma-Barcelona in the Champions League the next season, but – with the construction of the dividing wall – the support wasn’t the same. It couldn’t be. In the first game the fans remained in silence in protest throughout the 90 minutes, despite the 2-1 win with goals from Pjanic and Dzeko. In the second game, some decided to abandon the prestigious European tie with the Spaniards (a 1-1 draw, with an outrageous goal from Florenzi from midfield) which, actually, began the general strike by supporters that officially started the following Sunday for the home game with Sassuolo.
Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi, who has already announced that he will be leaving the club in a month’s time, has revealed that although Roma have made him an offer he hasn’t yet decided where he will be working next season. Speaking to El Larguero, Monchi said that he had received offers from the Premier League and Ligue 1 as well as from the Giallorossi.
Walter Sabatini spoke about an array of subjects relating to Roma on Tuesday when he spoke to students at Università Roma Tre for a discussion on the evolution on the sporting director’s role in football. The former Giallorossi sporting director’s comments follow.
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.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Daniele De Rossi is close to agreeing a new 2 year contract with Roma. The Giallorossi midfielder’s current deal expires this summer but the Italian outlet reports the club are nearing an agreement on an extension. The number 16 will see his salary drastically reduced though; he is currently on €6.5 million a year but this will reportedly fall to around €2.5 million a year under the new terms.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Monchi is virtually on the road that leads to Trigoria. He has already confided to some of his closest colleagues what sort of Roma he wants to build, starting off with his evaluation of the many youngsters the Giallorossi own, with the aim of building a squad that knows how to play a spectacular style of football. Monchi hasn’t yet made his move to Roma official, and nor have the Giallorossi directors (even if there are positive noises coming from some of them) but on Tuesday afternoon, during a director’s meeting, the Spanish sporting director announced to Sevilla that in the summer he will be ending his time at the club where he has spent his entire career as a director.