Monchi: ‘Dzeko for a long time’

Roma director Monchi is disappointed to lose Kostas Manolas for the Derby della Capitale, but trusts Edin Dzeko will “stay here for a long time.”

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The Giallorossi were forced to reshuffle their defence at the last minute, as Manolas came down with a stomach bug.

“What happened with Kostas today was unexpected, but at the end of the day we’ve got 11 players on the field, a great squad and whoever plays will be ready,” the director told DAZN.

There have been reports in the media over the last few days that Roma are seeking Dzeko’s heir.

“I am happy with Dzeko’s performances. I hope he can stay here for a long time and I see no reason why we shouldn’t continue together.”

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