‘Manolas will stay at Roma’

Roma sporting director Monchi assures “Kostas Manolas will stay, and he’ll stay for a long time”.

The Greek defender was on the verge of joining Zenit St Petersburg earlier this summer, but the deal collapsed due to a dispute over salary.

There was then reported interest from Juventus and Inter, but the Giallorossi’s sporting director assures he’ll stay.

“Manolas will stay, and he’ll stay at Roma for a long time,” Monchi assured during Hector Moreno’s presentation.

“If he intended to leave then he wouldn’t renew his contract, but that hasn’t happened and he’s happy to be here.

“Right now the priority for the transfer market is the right wing, after that we’ll have a little while to assess whether we’re happy with the squad, also in light of [Aleksandar] Kolarov’s arrival.

“This is not the time to make rushed choices, we’ve taken players in pre-set times. We still have 25 days to decide whether to strengthen.”

Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rudiger have all left this summer, is the squad stronger?

“I wouldn’t know, the table decides whether one team is stronger than another, that’s the best barometer.

“I could answer right now, but it wouldn’t be right. If the performance, also in the cups, is better then we can say that. I don’t like to make a priori assessments.”

Lupi President James Pallotta criticised former sporting director Walter Sabatini, who then pointed out that the squad he built got 87 points…

“Nobody puts more pressure on me than I do, that’s why I’m here,” Monchi responded when asked if that makes his job harder.

“Maybe I could have the same path as Sabatini, who I admire. But no-one puts more pressure on Monchi than Monchi.”