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Roma, Pallotta: “Not trying to sell our best players”

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Roma, Pallotta: “Not trying to sell our best players”

Roma President James Pallotta insisted that the club is not a ‘supermarket’ with regards to the transfers of Miralem Pjanić and Mohamed Salah.

La Magica have become somewhat of a meme amongst Serie A fans in the past few years as the Giallorossi tend to sell their top stars during the summer transfer window’s. Last summer Roma sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool and Leandro Paredes to Zenit.

Pallotta hit back at critics who fired shots at his club with regards to the transfer policy of the Giallorossi.

“Things aren’t as simple as a player goes or we transfer him. Let me give you an example. There’s a frustration on my part that people say Roma are a supermarket.

“When you think about it, Pjanic had a release clause and he had to go. Salah is tearing up the Premier League, he said he wanted to leave and had no time left on his contract, so we had no choice.

“There are things that go on behind the scenes that people don’t realise, as either players want to leave or there are things we have to do. We’re not just trying to sell players”.

Roma appointed former Sevilla Director of Sport Monchi ahead of last year’s summer transfer window and he has revamped the transfer policy of the Lupi.

“It took him a little time to settle, because as we all know, Rome isn’t that easy to come in to with the media, and the amount of media on it, so that was a little different to him.

“He came in last year without having a lot of time on the transfer market. There was a lot of cleaning up to do and putting in his own processes, that takes some time.

“We’ve been unlucky with a few injuries, although Aleksandar Kolarov has had a great year and Cengiz Under is really starting to play pretty well. He scored a really, really pretty goal for Turkey.

“We have Under locked up, we have a five-year deal with him. It’s similar to Alisson, people saying the same sort of thing. I’ve been a fan of Alisson since the first day he’s been with us and am glad he’s finally been able to show how good he is, as he’s been incredible for us. I think players like Patrik Schick are going to be very useful going forward.

“Monchi has had to deal with a lot of issues with Financial Fair Play and some of the mess we still had with that. There’s a little more work to do, but we’ve identified a lot of items to make the team better for the next five years.

“He was probably a little surprised at the first three, four months on the difficulty of getting everything in place, but we have a really trusting relationship.”

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