Some bits and pieces of news to round up on Thursday – keep reading to find out what has been going on!
A Change Of Strategy
If Roma were to qualify for the Champions League this season, director Walter Sabatini says that it would have far-reaching effects for the club’s long-term strategy. In an interview with Radio Manà Manà Sport, Sabatini explained that “if we were to finish higher up in the table then we would bring our plans forward” and that any errors must be the responsibility of the club’s directors, even in terms of which players have been signed and sold. On the subject of transfers, he added that there were no talks to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, and that “at the moment we have other priorities” than signing Genoa’s Rodrigo Palacio.
Roma and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) have reached an agreement that will see the club remain at the Stadio Olimpico until the end of the 2014/15 season. Claudio Fenucci explained that a renewed agreement was necessary as it would take at least three years for the club to see through its plans for a new stadium. Thomas DiBenedetto is also set to arrive in Rome next week with two key advisers as Roma look to push ahead with the site selection for the new ground. Fenucci added that there is also a commitment to improving facilities for the fans inside the Olimpico.
The World Cup Final
David Di Michele insists that he will have no divided loyalties this weekend when his Lecce side face Roma this weekend. “I have always been a Giallorossi fan … but now I play for Lecce and on Sunday I want the three points against Luis Enrique’s team”, he told Tuttomercatoweb. As Lecce battle against relegation, the game is not only a ‘cup final’ for the veteran striker but is instead “like a World Cup final because we only have one result available to us, which is a win”.
Roma Are An Option For Kuyt
Dirk Kuyt would seriously consider a move to Roma, according to his agent, who revealed that his client was considering his future at Liverpool. Robert Jansen told pagineromaniste.com that “Roma could be an option for Dirk. It’s a prestigious club that is fighting for important objectives. For now I can say that Roma are on the list of clubs that Dirk would seriously take into consideration”. The Dutchman would not come cheaply from Liverpool though, as he still has another two years on his contract with the English side.