Birthday boy Villar: ‘We must be strong’

Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar turns 22 today and celebrates in self-isolation, encouraging people to “be strong and responsible, staying at home”.

The Spain Under-21 star moved to the Olimpico in January, when the Giallorossi picked him up for €4m from Elche CF.

He has since gone on to appear three times in Serie A and his last match before the forced break – in the 4-3 win against Cagliari in Sardinia – was his first full 90 minutes in the League.

“Today I celebrate a different birthday, alone and without the people I would like to have by my side,” he wrote on Instagram. “But when all this passes, we can be together again.

“We must be strong and responsible, staying at home. Thank you very much for your best wishes and demonstrations of affection.

“This shows you that we can be close despite the distance.”

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