Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) The umpteenth “buona fortuna”, another “good luck and come back stronger than before” to add to the list. It’s becoming an almost macabre collection. Sad, gloomy, irritating and tiresome. This time it’s Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, perhaps the most promising member of Alberto De Rossi’s Primavera side. A young left back with great stamina and quality. Who also has great personality. His dreams of what might have been this summer were shattered during a tedious and irritable friendly against the Czech side FC Slovacko. A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A prognosis that has become ominously habitual.
The club’s medical staff has issued the following statement on the condition of defender Luca Pellegrini…
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese) One seems predestined, having already won 3 scudetti at youth level (Giovanissimi, Allievi and Primavera). The other, meanwhile, has shaped his own destiny, fighting his critics and only being stopped on his upward trajectory by a horrible injury. They both play in the same position – left back – and both have great stamina. But while Luca Pellegrini, born in 1999, has been one of the surprises of the pre-season training camp at Pinzolo, Emerson is still anxiously waiting to return to full fitness. In the meantime, Di Francesco has been relying on the young Pellegrini (no relation to Lorenzo, the midfielder who has just been brought back home from Sassuolo). And he will do again later today in the second pre-season friendly, which sees Roma face FC Slovacko, who finished 11th in the Czech league last season, at Pinzolo (16.00 local time, live on Roma TV and the club’s Facebook page).
AS Roma are pleased to confirm the signing of midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini from Serie A side US Sassuolo.
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.
Gianlucadimarzio.com (Francesco Pietrella) Right footed, left footed, passing it quickly. Luca and Bruno Conti are out on the pitch, playing the ball between them. The former is a fine talent from Tor Tre Teste. He can play as trequartista or on the wing. He’s scored 30 goals and is yet to undergo his trial with Roma. “You’re good,” Bruno compliments him. Luca is on cloud nine. Then he goes out onto the pitch, and he only needs to take on a couple of players with his dribbling to convince everyone of his talent. Luca grew up in the Roma youth system and has now reached Serie A for the first time, selected by Spalletti for Roma-Bologna. He was only born in 1999!
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Davide Stoppini) Is tonight a game about who to buy back? Lorenzo Pellegrini, Luca Mazzitelli, Federico Ricci? Trigoria has made a second home at Sassuolo, and should any of them come back to Roma one day they’ll be worth their weight in gold. There will be mixed emotions – regrets, choices, necessities – at the Mapei Stadium tonight.