Panucci worried for Roma

Christian Panucci has claimed that the situation at former club Roma is ‘becoming untenable’, with an owner ‘who doesn’t know what’s going on’.

Although Roma are within touching distance of a Champions League place, they are a mess off the field as sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is suspended and President James Pallotta is struggling to find a buyer.

“It’s becoming untenable,” Panucci, who played more than 300 times for the Giallorossi between 2001 and 2009, told Sky Sport Italia.

“The internal situation at the club seems like a powder keg, seen in part by Petrachi’s dismissal.

“There’s an owner who’s never around and doesn’t know what’s going on, and that’s a big problem for a demanding club like Roma.”

However, the ex-Italy defender praised them for trying to bring in Pedro from Chelsea and urged them to hold on to Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has ‘world-class potential’.

“He’s a great player who knows what it means to win, what it means to train to win.

“He can help several of Roma’s young players. He’s a good signing.

“[Pellegrini] is a proper player, he sees the game before anyone else. He’s a player with world-class potential.

“I like him very much, he has great character.”

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