Szczesny praises Spalletti

John Solano

Wojciech Szczesny, who enjoyed a very successful spell with Roma this season, spoke to Il Corriere dello Sport while on national team duty with Poland:

“I have learned more in six months with Spalletti that in ten years at Arsenal. The Mister is very thorough in preparing for the matches. He demanded special training on how to restart the play (when Szczesny had the ball). With Nanni (the goalkeeping coach) I was fine, he is a great professional, who I appreciate as a man and as a coach. I love working with him, I never get bored, there is a good feeling with him and the other goalkeepers. It makes me want to work even harder. We spent much time together and a great friendship was born. If I made a step forward in my career it is thanks to him.”

“I consider this season very positive, I had to change mentality quickly, it was a very important opportunity for me. It was a waste of time to sit on the bench in London. I was thinking of winning the Scudetto in Rome, I did not succeed, but I grew as a goalkeeper. Spalletti made a difference for me, he gives great importance to the details and, at minimum, wants the goalkeeper to know how to play with the ball at this feet.”

“My future? I know where I will play next year, but I can not reveal it now. If I stay at Roma I can still improve, if I go back to Arsenal, I will treasure my experience in Italy. At Roma I was fine, but I know that Arsenal has paid part of my salary last season, and I have two more years left on my contract with them.”

“Totti? If there is a god in football than Totti is the closest thing.”