Cengiz Ünder: “Roma has a special place in my heart”.


Cengiz Ünder spoke to Leicester City’s website today after having officially completed his loan with option to buy move to the Foxes from Roma.

Ünder leaves the Italian capital after three seasons with the Giallorossi, with whom he made a total of 88 appearances.

“I feel very good because my best friend plays for Leicester City,” Cengiz said. “I am very happy to be able to play with Çağlar and I always watched Leicester’s games because of him.

“I know all the players, their strengths and capabilities. I can’t wait to go to Leicester and start training”.

“We had a dream when we were kids to play in Europe together. That dream is now coming true with Leicester. I am so happy for this and I hope everything will be very good”.

“In the Premier League last year, he played extraordinarily, and he also showed this to the whole world. It’s really good to watch him play as a central defender and he’s always consistent and always building up his performances.”

That was my first experience in Europe [with Roma],” he explained. “When I first went there, I played very well. I proved myself in attacking areas and I always had the confidence.

“I want to show that confidence by coming to Leicester also. Roma has a special place in my heart because I learned so much, tactically, but I am now opening a new page in my life”.

“I’ve always wanted to play in England. I just want to concentrate on playing in the Premier League now. I think I am fast and can create lots of chances for my colleagues”.

He continued, “I believe that I played very good in the games that I played and I created lots of chances for my team-mates. The most important thing is that I know all the Leicester players’ strengths”.

“The style and philosophy in Italy, it was hard to get the ball, but in England, it’s different. I believe that I will do better in England with the ball. I will try to help my team-mates on the pitch and off the pitch and I believe that I can improve my performance every day”.

“I played in the Champions League and Europa League with Roma,” he added. “We were quite successful in the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals”.

“I will play in the Europa League with Leicester and I believe we will do lots of good things in Europe. Leicester City’s squad is very young and dynamic, and I think we can do well in the Europa League”.

“I believe that I have plenty of experience for both the national team and in Europe. To play at such a young age, I always had good confidence in myself and that is a key factor”.

“I have played in big matches in Italy for many years, so hopefully I can have a big impact at Leicester”.

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