Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he wants to stay at the club for a long time. Speaking to playsports, the on-loan centre back feels that he still has a lot to prove at the Giallorossi.
La Repubblica (Fabrizio Bocca) That blow hit hard. When Luciano Spalletti was asked, nearly an hour and a quarter after Samp’s 3-2 win against Roma had finished, how the players were feeling, he thought for a moment and replied “crushed”. Indeed, you might well feel “crushed” if you arrived in Genoa dreaming of overtaking Juve – it was hardly guaranteed that they would win against Sassuolo in Reggio Emilia – only to see those dreams slip away after taking a beating.
To summarise: they conceded 3 goals to a Samp side who, instead of being fragile and low on confidence, seemed as though they were fighting for a Champions League place; the gap to Juventus extended from -4 (really, it’s -7); they approached the game like a friendly, vastly underestimating their opponent; a fifth away defeat underlines Roma’s clear reliance on getting results at the Olimpico; and title ambitions are now just a purely mathematical hypothesis or empty pub talk.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Andrea Pugliese) It’s been nearly 3 and a half months – nearly as long as it took Rudiger to recover from a cruciate ligament injury – since we watched Vermaelen’s last proper game for Roma. It came on 28th August when the Giallorossi were away at Cagliari – a game that saw Roma contrive to draw a game that they looked to have won. Since then, the Belgian has dropped off the Giallorossi’s radar with an athletic pubalgia problem, only reappearing for a few minutes at the end of the recent home game against Pescara. However, it looks like he has now reached the light at the end of the tunnel. At least, that’s what both he and Roma will be hoping. The real indication of this will come tonight, when Vermaelen is expected to lead the Roma defence during their match in Bucharest against Astra Giurgiu in their final Europa League game.
While Roma wait for their midfield regista (Borja Valero), their defensive reinforcement has now arrived. Smiling, slightly delayed in his arrival, Thomas Vermaelen arrived at Fiumicino airport on Sunday lunchtime where around 100 fans were waiting for him. He is Roma’s most important transfer signing of the summer window. Not just for his name, quality and previous clubs. But for the added value that he will give to Spalletti’s chessboard who, not by chance when the deal was in the pipeline, described the player as “a work of art”.