Under: ‘Could have joined City’

Cengiz Under reveals he could have signed for Manchester City but “Roma’s project and the attitude of the club was important for me”.

The Turkish international joined the Giallorossi in the summer, and he’s been a key player for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side in the second half of the season.

“I received an offer from Manchester City but I didn’t accept,” Under told Spor Arena Plus.

“Roma’s project and the attitude of the club was important for me, then with the sale of [Mohamed] Salah the team was more suited to my characteristics.

“As [sporting director] Monchi says, I can become important for the future of this team.

“As for Di Francesco, he’s an excellent Coach who gives a lot of importance to discipline and tactical work.

“He gives every player a chance, he trusts them and keeps rotating them. He always wants the best in training and we have a good relationship.”

Under joined in the summer, so he never got to play with Francesco Totti.

“One day I came out of the shower after a training session, and Monchi told me there was someone I had to meet.

“I went in and it was Totti, I was very emotional. I feel unlucky not to have played with him.”

Roma face Barcelona on Wednesday – though Under won’t play – and the youngster was asked about Lionel Messi.

“I grew up watching videos of him. I have respect for [Cristiano] Ronaldo, but Messi is the best in the world.”

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