Zappacosta: ‘No doubts on Roma’

Davide Zappacosta had “no doubts” about choosing Roma and remembers their fans “drowned out” the Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge.

It is a very unusual transfer, a six-month loan with option to extend until the end of the season.

Before completing the move, he also signed a new contract with Chelsea that runs to June 2022.

“I had known about Roma interest for some time, but there were some things to get sorted out first,” Zappacosta told Roma TV.

“I had no doubts, as this is a big opportunity for me and I want to give my all for these colours straight away. I am very happy to be here after a difficult year, as starting again from such an important club is very exciting. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates.”

The former Torino full-back spent two seasons at Chelsea under Italian Coaches Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

“I’ve grown a great deal over the last two years at Chelsea, as it really helped form my character. I arrived in a different environment, with a new language and culture. It was not easy, but nonetheless a very positive experience that helped me to grow as a man and a player.”

Roma beat Chelsea 3-0 in the Champions League and played a 3-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge too in 2017.

“Unfortunately for me, they were not the most positive games for Chelsea. I remember the stifling noise of the Giallorossi fans at Stamford Bridge, as they were drowning out the home crowd. The atmosphere at the Olimpico is also crazy. I think it’ll be so exciting to play with a crowd like that.”

Zappacosta already worked with Roma director of sport Gianluca Petrachi at Torino.

“Petrachi’s presence was very important for me, as I know what kind of person he is and the passion he puts into his work. He influenced my decision, but in truth I had no doubts about Roma anyway, as it’s a big club with talented young players and all they need to do well.

“I spoke to Coach Paulo Fonseca for 10 minutes at lunch, when I introduced myself to my new teammates. I heard good things about him and I can’t wait to start work. They tell me he’s a hard worker with clear ideas and a good motivator.

“It is in my favour that he likes full-backs who push forward, but defending is also important. I am accustomed to attacking a lot, so I hope to give my best here.

“It’s positive that Roma are building a group of Italian players, especially as they are also quite young. It’s important going into Euro 2020 that young homegrown talent gets to play regularly.”

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Roma youth players in Rugani deal

Juventus have reportedly asked Roma for €20-25m plus youth team players Alessio Riccardi and Zan Celar for Daniele Rugani.

According to Sky Sport Italia, negotiations are continuing between the two clubs, as there is a way of lowering the €30m asking price.

It remains to be seen if this is a loan with option to buy, or even an obligation to make the move permanent.

The news is that there are reports Juve requested two Roma youth team players as part of the deal.

The most likely option is 18-year-old midfielder Alessio Riccardi, who last season scored nine goals with nine assists in 35 competitive games for the Primavera side.

That includes five goals in seven UEFA Youth League matches.

Riccardi seemed to acknowledge the rumours with a post on social media this evening, showing him waving to the crowd in a Roma jersey.

“Now more than ever… Infinite love” he wrote, with yellow and red emojis.

Another candidate is 20-year-old Slovenian striker Celar, but he has just joined Cittadella on loan, so it might just be an option for him in future.

Celar has a lot of positive buzz around him and made an immediate impact for Cittadella, scoring two goals in as many Coppa Italia games this season, despite only playing 90 minutes.

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Reports: Mariano to Roma, if…

Reports: Mariano to Roma, if…

Roma will reportedly move for Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz if Patrik Schick leaves this month.

According to Matteo Pedrosi, Mariano is Roma’s first choice to replace Schick, while AS is claiming the 26-year-old has already given the Giallorossi the green light.

The track between the Lupi and the attacker is made closer by Monaco pursuing Leicester City’s Islam Slimani and the Czech being in talks with RB Leipzig.

Milan have also been linked with the Spaniard, who scored just four goals in 19 appearances for Madrid last season.

Prior to taking Cristiano Ronaldo’s No 7 jersey on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu, he netted 21 times for Olympique Lyonnais during the 2017-18 campaign.

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Roma confirm Zappacosta arrival

Roma have confirmed that Davide Zappacosta will arrive this evening to complete his loan move from Chelsea.

Sky Sport Italia’s report was quickly followed up by a tweet from Roma’s Press officer, that Zappacosta would be landing in the Italian capital at 22:30 BST.

The right-back joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 for a reported €28m plus bonuses but failed to truly establish himself at Stamford Bridge.

He will now look to do just that for the Giallorossi, who have already sent Rick Karsdorp back to Feyenoord and are about to lose Davide Santon to Real Mallorca.

The Lupi are set to sign the 27-year-old on a season-long loan without an option to buy.

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Leipzig open Schick talks, but…

Leipzig open Schick talks, but…

RB Leipzig have opened talks with Roma over a possible deal for Patrik Schick, but Fiorentina, Atalanta and Sampdoria are also reportedly interested.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Leipzig are keen to bring in Schick on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

A move to the Bundesliga could appeal to the Czech, given he was previously linked with Borussia Dortmund.

However, Calciomercato.it warns there is also interest from three Serie A sides – Fiorentina, Atalanta and Samp.

The Viola’s sporting director Daniele Prade helped take the 23-year-old to the Blucerchiati in 2016, while the Dea can offer him Champions League football.

Finally, he could return to his former club, where he scored 13 goals in 35 appearances during the 2016-17 campaign.

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