‘No Napoli bid for Berardi’

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali insists “we’ve had no requests from Napoli” for Domenico Berardi.

It had been suggested that the forward could join the Partenopei next summer, while Roma are also thought to be interested.

“I can say that we’ve had no requests from Napoli,” Carnevali said on Radio Bruno.

“The lad is at work to return to his levels, but he can’t be distracted by transfer market rumours, otherwise he risks not being at the level you need for a big club.

“In January we’re not thinking about sales, we need to reinforce but we’ll hold on tight to our strongest players.

“Roma? There’s absolutely nothing with the Giallorossi. Maybe we’ll talk about it for next season.”

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Schick: ‘Roma can win Scudetto’

Patrik Schick believes Roma “can think about the Scudetto”, and is desperate to get his first goal for the club.

The Czech striker played his first 90 minutes since joining the club against Chievo last weekend, and now he’s aiming to find the back of the net.

“My last 90 minutes was in June, so I’m glad to get back into it,” Schick told Sky.

“I felt good, so I’m happy. I’m not in my best condition yet, but I’ll definitely improve, it’s not easy to start again after two months out. I still have a bit of work to do, but it’s better.

“I’m a striker, so my next goal is to score. That’s what I’m aiming for.

“What do Roma lack? Maybe a bit of ruthlessness, when you’re lucky you score but if you’re luck is against you then you don’t.

“We need to work in training to score more goals, that’s the path.

“I believe in the direction Roma want to go in, and we can think about the Scudetto.”

Schick was also asked how he’s settling in at Roma, as well as his best and worst moments so far.

“The hardest was when I got injured, you can’t do anything. You just have to work and wait but you can’t play. A nice moment though was my arrival in Rome and all the fans at the airport.

“I’m getting on well here, I’m with my fiancée and we’re good.

“Who am I closest with? Edin [Dzeko], we can speak the same language [Dzeko spent two years in the Czech Republic with FK Teplice] so that helps.

“We played together for a bit in Verona, but I played on the wing, I play more with the ball when I’m a striker but there’s a good understanding.”

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Giacomelli rested for Week 17

Piero Giacomelli hasn’t been given a Serie A game this weekend, after his controversial refereeing in the Lazio-Torino game on Monday.

The Biancocelesti were incensed by the official’s decisions in their 3-1 defeat, and insisted there’s a campaign against them.

Today the AIA has announced the referees for Week 17, and Giacomelli hasn’t been assigned to a match.

Referees aren’t always involved every week, but this could be a way of taking the Trieste native out of the firing line.

Lazio’s trip to Atalanta will be refereed by Massimiliano Irrati, with Luca Banti assigned to Bologna-Juventus.

Verona welcome Milan in Sunday’s early game, and Daniele Orsato will officiate that one.

Serie A Week 17 referees:

Atalanta-Lazio – Massimiliano Irrati
Benevento-Spal – Fabrizio Pasqua
Bologna-Juventus – Luca Banti
Crotone-Chievo – Luca Pairetto
Fiorentina-Genoa – Gianpaolo Calvarese
Verona-Milan – Daniele Orsato
Inter-Udinese – Maurizio Mariani
Roma-Cagliari – Antonio Damato
Sampdoria-Sassuolo – Claudio Gavillucci
Torino-Napoli – Paolo Mazzoleni

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Politano swap with Cengiz Under

Roma could send Cengiz Under to Sassuolo in January in exchange for Matteo Politano, who grew up in the Giallorossi youth system.

According to Calciomercato.com, the two clubs are in negotiations to swap the players in six-month loan deals.

Politano would be reunited with Coach Eusebio Di Francesco and former Sassuolo teammates Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gregoire Defrel.

It’d also be a homecoming, as the winger came up through the Roma youth academy.

Meanwhile, the experience would help Turkish talent Cengiz Under to receive more regular playing time and settle in to his new environment.

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Stadio della Roma starts in March?

Building work could begin on the Stadio della Roma in March 2018, said the Urban Planner for Rome, “if we do very, very well.”

The all-clear was finally received for the project after several years of controversy and failed attempts, but the red tape is nowhere near over yet.

Urban Planner Luca Montuori spoke to fans via a Facebook video to answer questions and outlined the various steps they still need to go through.

“In this process we are convinced that three, three-and-a-half months is a compatible time-frame, so if we do very, very well, then in March we should reach approval and give the all-clear to the phase of building work and starting the public service tenders.

“From March onwards, we’ll see who ought to be responsible for building the structure.”

Roma hope to have the new stadium open for the 2020-21 season.

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