Emenalo reaches agreement with Roma

Michael Emenalo has reached an agreement with Roma while Gianluca Petrachi has sued the Giallorossi, reports in Italy claim.

The former Chelsea and Monaco is one of the candidates to become for the new Director of sport of the Serie A giants after that the Giallorossi sacked Gianluca Petrachi in the summer.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Petrachi has sued Roma asking a €5m compensation as he believes he was dismissed without just cause.

Emenalo has reportedly agreed to join Roma but the club have yet to make a final decision.

The Nigerian director has met Roma’s owners in London and has reportedly received guarantees on the autonomy he would have covering the role with Dan Friedkin who was conquered by his gentle attitude.

The likes of Jonas Boldt and Ralf Rangnick have also being linked with the Giallorossi while Emenalo is only waiting for a call from Roma to move to the Capital.

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Fonseca: ‘Smalling and Mayoral will start’

Roma coach Paolo Fonseca confirms Chris Smalling will start tomorrow’s Europa League clash against CSKA Sofia and insists he trusts Borja Mayoral.

“It will be important to have the right attitude. CSKA Sofia won in Basel, they are a strong team. They have physical strength and have strong players in the one-on-one,” Fonseca said at a press conference.

“They have many positive points, we must be focused and have the right attitude and not to let them take confidence.”

Chris Smalling missed the last two games with a mild knee injury but he will return to action tomorrow.

“Smalling will start the game,” Fonseca confirmed.

“As you know, Smalling is important to us, but he has no direct relationship to the team’s defensive performance.

“These three guys [Gianlca Mancini, Marash Kumbulla and Roger Ibañez] have almost always played so far and have always done well.

“Smalling is a great and important defender, but these guys have always done well.”

The 47-year-old did also confirm Borja Mayoral will start up front.

“Borja is a striker and he will always play as a striker. He is young and needs to adapt, he had always played in a different reality.

“He worked a lot against Young Boys, it was a difficult game, in a synthetic field with a very difficult first half. We must understand that he is young and needs to adapt, but I have faith in him.”

Roma draw against Milan on Monday and the Portuguese tactician believes his team can improve.

“It’s true that Milan have a strong team but we didn’t do what we usually do. We allowed two, three situations and it’s not a problem of structure, it’s about what we can do better. We have always shown that we are confident on set pieces and corner kicks. That’s why I’m not worried.

“We played a good game against Milan. We must improve in not conceding goals against these teams because after it is difficult to change the game.

“We didn’t have a good approach, we conceded a goal right away in the first and in the second half, it can’t happen.

“We have to be more careful at the start of the game, but the team has shown great character and confidence, I think they played a good game.”

With the Covid situation in Italy getting worse, Fonseca insists he trusts the authorities and their decisions and doesn’t believe a change of Serie A’s format is needed.

“It’s a complicated situation. I have faith in the authorities to make the best decisions for football. I want to believe that nothing will change, for a fairer championship it is better to stay like this.”

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Roma: Perez back in training, Santon out

Roma winger Carles Perez was back in training ahead of the match against CSKA Sofia in the Europa League, but Davide Santon misses out.

The last training session before tomorrow’s match against the Bulgarians reportedly started in the video room to study the opponents.

PagineRomaniste reveals Paulo Fonseca had Perez back in action during the following training session.

RomaPress reveals Davide Santon will not play against CSKA Sofia due to injury, as the 29-year-old struggles with a muscle problem in his left thigh.

The outlet reports the player will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury, but Rick Karsdorp will take his place in the side.

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Milan-Roma ref and VAR suspended

It’s reported referee Piero Giacomelli and VAR Luigi Nasca will be suspended for a month after their controversial Milan-Roma decisions.

There were two extremely contentious penalties in the 3-3 draw, one for each side, and they proved difficult to defend even for former officials.

As a result, SportMediaset claim that refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli will suspend both referee Giacomelli and the VAR Nasca for a month.

They won’t be assigned any Serie A matches as punishment for the poor decisions of the referee and the failure of the VAR to do its job by alerting the official to potential errors.

The designator did, however, rule that Milan should not have received a penalty for Gianluca Mancini’s handball, as he only made contact with his arm after being pushed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There was still an error here, though, as Ibrahimovic should not have been booked for the slight push.

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‘Veretout never thought about Napoli’ – Exclusive

Mario Giuffredi, agent of several Serie A players including Jordan Veretout, says the Roma star ‘never thought about leaving’ in an exclusive interview with Football Italia where he throws Elseid Hysaj’s Napoli future into doubt.

How has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your job?
“Personally, I feel scattered right now. I used to travel around the world to watch games and meet other people. Now I’m not doing anything of what I used to do, my life has changed. I prefer not to meet my players, I don’t go out for dinner with them anymore, I prefer to stay away from them because you never know what can happen. The world of football is struggling more than before. It’s even difficult to program the future.”

Cristiano Biraghi has just signed a new contract with Fiorentina. How is he feeling and what did he learn in his one-year spell at Inter?
“He is happy to have made return to Fiorentina, he feels like he’s joined the club for the first time. He has lot of enthusiasm, the ownership is new and ambitious and the environment is good, he is really happy to continue his career in Florence. He had a great experience at Inter with a top coach and teammates of high level.”

Jordan Veretout is enjoying a very good start to the season with Roma, but he could have left in the summer, why did he decide to stay?
“Napoli wanted to sign him at all costs but we decided to stay because he is happy in Rome. He likes the coach and the fans love him. Honestly, we’ve never thought about leaving.”

What’s the relationship with the new Roma’s ownership?
“All the players, not only Jordan, haven’t kept direct contacts with the new owners. They’ve met them in person of course and they have noticed they are very present, more than the previous owners. They feel it and they feel better now.”

Elseid Hysaj’s contract with Napoli expires at the end of the season. What’s going to happen? Does he want to stay or will he leave as a free agent?
“Our priority is to have a look around and evaluate every possible offer for him. We’ll choose the best one.”

How about Mario Rui and Giovanni Di Lorenzo?
“They signed a new contract a few months ago, they are going to stay and they want to continue at Napoli.”

Davide Faraoni was one of the revelations of the last season and this campaign has started off very well as well. What has the future in store for him?
“Yet again, he’s recently signed a new contract. He has good feelings in Verona. It’s not fair to talk about potential transfers after a contract extension. He is focused on Verona and he wants to make another great season. We’ll see if any offer will come in January or at the end of the season. He is ready for a top club, if the economic situation of Italian football changes, maybe he could sign for a big team in the future.”

Andrea Conti has just returned from an injury, is he planning to stay at Milan?
“He underwent an arthroscopic cleaning intervention at his knee in the summer and he’s returned to training since two weeks. He is available now. He was the starter on the right last season, then he had to have a surgery. It’s wrong to think he could leave in January, he’ll challenge [Davide] Calabria for a spot in the starting XI and the best one will play.”

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