Abel Balbo: I will return to Roma. Di Francesco is ready for a top club

In an interview with Sky Sport, former Roma forward Abel Balbo has revealed that he has spoken to club CEO Umberto Gandini about a return to the Giallorossi in a management role, and has also commented that the club’s probable next coach Eusebio Di Francesco is ready to make the step up from Sassuolo to a big club.

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James Pallotta: Stadio della Roma by 2020, or I go

Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) James Pallotta was speaking freely at the end of the game. The president stopped in the mixed zone and made a remarkable announcement. “If the stadium isn’t done by 2020 I’ll be forced to go back home, you won’t see me in the stands any more. Roma will have to find another owner. The stadium is an opportunity for the city, one of the most beautiful projects in the world, but if the politicians don’t want it then what can we do? There should be news before 15th June, there shouldn’t be problems.”

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Rome cries as Francesco Totti bids farewell to Roma

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Francesco cries. The day has come, and it hurts. It hurts everyone, and we can only imagine how it hurts you. Francesco cries because it wasn’t a celebration. It was something else, neither better nor worse: a moving farewell, a goodbye, the end of a 25 year old story (if you don’t count another 3 years in the youth team), the start of something which not even Totti knows what it will be, and which makes him “afraid”. Ilary cries, the wife of a great champion who now needs her love more than ever before. Cristian cries, Chanel cries, their father has stopped playing and will no longer blow kisses to them from the pitch but will continue to do so at home every day. Isabel doesn’t cry, because she doesn’t know the importance of what was happening, and was the only one really enjoying herself in that vast stadium, full of people, colour, songs, tears, emotions.

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