AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti lavished praise on midfielder Radja Nainggolan, describing the Belgian as a thoroughbred after his two-goal performance in the 4-0 win over Sampdoria. "He's on another level - a great player who can play anywhere you put him," Spalletti told reporters after Thursday's Coppa Italia round of 16 tie. When he's able to play on instinct, he becomes a real handful." Nainggolan has been the driving force in midfield this season, leading Roma to second in the Serie A table, one point behind leaders Juventus.
With a few recent words spoken into the microphones of Sky Sports Italia, AS Roma center back Antonio Rüdiger has rubbished the long-standing rumors of a potential move to Chelsea Football Club. “I can only say that Conte is a great coach, but I chose to stay in Rome. We are competing on three fronts and we have to win a trophy. [...] I am as obsessed with winning as [head coach Luciano] Spalletti.” -Antonio Rüdiger; source: Sky Sports Italia via Calciomercato Rüdiger had been linked with Chelsea for the past two summers, if not longer, and by all accounts had come very close to joining the Blues six months ago before an untimely knee injury picked up on international duty with Germany put him
With his Roma future in doubt, news broke this morning that Roma may be close to an agreement with Inter for the sale of Kostas Manolas. According to Calciomercato, the deal, worth a reported €42 million, has yet to be finalized and there are no details on whether the player will be moving this January or in the summer. This transfer, if it does happen, would leave this Romanista disheartened, to say the least, and asking more questions about what Pallotta’s aim is with our club. It is one thing to sell to a EPL team, which is what I thought was going to happen this summer, but to Inter? Inter?! And in January?! I thought those days were behind us. Weren’t we supposed to be fighting tooth and