Sun 26 March 2023 | 13:50

Nicolo Zaniolo blames Roma for "unfulfilled promises"

The 24-year-old clashed with Roma hierarchy to force a move in January but when a move to Bournemouth was rejected by him, he was forced to join the Turkish side, Galatasaray, in a deal worth €15m in addition to add-ons of up to €13m.

After falling out of Jose Mourinho's favor, Nicolo Zaniolo was expected to move away from Roma during the January transfer window. However, after rejecting a transfer to Bournemouth, Zaniolo was forced to stay put at the club before a February transfer to Galatasaray. The 23-year-old midfielder has hit out at Roma for the way they treated him.

He told the

Gazzetta dello Sport

: "

I could talk for hours about unfulfilled promises. They [Roma] told me I was a spearhead, instead I've always been considered just a capital gain.

"For two years I was told that the new contract was ready. In January of last year I would have signed for slightly more than what I was earning, because I was fine in Rome and I knew there were problems with Financial Fair Play. After much talk I'm bored. If I have to reflect on my farewell, I think others must do it too."

The Italian midfielder opened up about being called a traitor by the club. He added: "

It's something I'm very sorry about. Roma gave me everything, thanks to Roma I won and I made my debut for the national team, my son was born there. Being labelled that way was a big blow.

"The truth will come out. I'm just saying that I've always trained, even if not with the others."

On Jose Mourinho, Zaniolo said:

"He's a great coach and a great person.

"He made me play almost always. Sure, he's used to managing star players and I wasn't [one]. I would have liked to have him in four or five years, but he gave me so much anyway."



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source: La Gazzetta dello Sport

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