The Italian forward was eager to return to action for the battle against HJK Helsinki after sustaining a shoulder injury and he talked about his uncertain future in the summer transfer window.
attracted the attention of many clubs during the last few months for a move out of the Giallorossi. Although clubs likeJuventus
were reportedly desparate to pen a contract with him, he decided to remain put atRoma
and be part of Jose Mourinho’s plan for the 2022-23 season.
Zaniolo suffered a dislocated shoulder during his side’s victory over Cremonese and in a press conference, the 23-year-old revealed the reason behind his hard attempts to recover from his injury as fast as he can.
“It’s never good to be out, I experienced it as an injustice. With the shoulder injury I could train, I could do everything but fall. The coach asked me to be available and I felt I was ready to go to Empoli.”
Following that, he opened up about his uncertain summer and whether it was difficult for him to be the subject of many speculations in the transfer market.
“It wasn’t an unusual summer for me, it always seems like I have to leave and then I stay, these are speculations and thoughts you have.
“I still have a year and a half left on my contract to talk about it, it’s not the right time right now because we have HJK Helsinki and Atalanta, I’m focused on the pitch.”
He then went on to talk about how he has grown over the past few years.
“As I’ve said in past interviews, the injuries have made me grow as a man and as an athlete. I feel more mature and more of a man, tomorrow we have to win this match.”
When asked about having Paulo Dybala on the pitch and how that may affect his role for the team, he said:
“It doesn’t change much, I have to attack the depth more, then with Lorenzo and Paulo we can hurt teams. For me it doesn’t change much.”
Zaniolo then praised
and showed his appreciation for the Portuguese tactician.
“I have to thank him because he’s always given me another chance on the pitch, he’s making me grow from a footballing and personal point of view. I’m happy to have him as a coach.”
The Italian forward then revealed how Giallorossi’s ambitions were what he had in mind.
“Every year we add one more piece, we’re a strong team and we can have our say in every competition.
“I want to win trophies like every footballer, I’ve already won one fortunately and I want to win more here at Roma.”
He then went on to speak about his Finland memories.
“I played with the Under-19s against them at the European Championship, then I remember it was sunny 24 hours there. I have only positive memories.”
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