Castan: ‘Kids asked why I didn’t play…’

Leandro Castan reveals “my kids asked me why I never played” at Roma after completing his loan move to Cagliari.

The centre-back hasn’t played a game since January 8 last year, following an unsuccessful spell at Torino and this first six months back with the Giallorossi.

“I feel ready, I’m available to the Coach, if he wants to rely on me,” Castan said at his presentation Press conference.

“I’m lacking match fitness, but I can play for 90 minutes. I miss the pitch so much, I have chills.

“Only I know the sacrifices I made to keep playing at Torino and I started well, in November they wanted to buy me outright.

“Then I got injured and I only came back at the end of the season. By then [Coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic was relying on other players but I always gave my all and respected his decisions.

“I knew it would be difficult to play at Roma, but I wanted to know what condition I was in. I trained well, and now I’ll face these next six months with confidence.

“I haven’t missed a single training session this season, I’ve passed all the tests and now I’m only lacking match fitness, which you only get by playing.

“It was a difficult year, my kids asked me why I never played, but I never game up.”