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.