Roma sporting director Monchi unveiled Bryan Cristante today to the media. Here are the words of the pair:
Monchi: “After a long time of not having seen you, a ‘Hello’ to you all. We are here for the presentation of Cristante, for me it is an important day, I think with his purchases that Roma has bought the strongest midfielder of the last season. The numbers say it perfectly. We brought here a player who is carving an important path, not only for Roma, but also for the Italian national team. This is why we are very happy.”
(To Cristante) What impression did Roma make on you as an opponent?
I thank the director for the nice words. Certainly they made a great impression on me, the Mister did a great job and it was clear thru the results both in the Champions League and in the Serie A.
(To Monchi) Cristante has unique characteristics in the roster. What can he bring to Roma?
He can bring what he’s done before, especially last year. He often gets into the area of the opponent, he has strength, he scores goals. Together with the players we have today, we can have a strong midfield.
(To Cristante) What did Di Francesco ask of you?
We are still at the beginning, it’s the first few days, we are getting back into motion. He gave us his ideas and what he wants. He wants good football and high pressure. We all have time to work well and put ourselves at complete disposal of the Mister.
(To Monchi) How do you see the team during this retreat?
It is still early, but I have seen good commitment and a good environment. Above all, I saw Di Francesco working well, which is something that makes me so happy. We are fortunate to have a Mister who works with such desire and who transmits a lot, this is important. There have been ten new purchases and it is important to have a Mister working with the players. We are a strong club on an economic level, but we are still far from the big names in Europe. We have two important things in Trigoria: our work and the collective. These are two basic things we need to get to where we want to arrive. I’ve seen it, these are two values that we can not forget. This will be the closest road to success.
(To Cristante) Is your first mission to bring more goals to the midfield department?
My goal here is to do the best I can, goals and good performances can only help. If you score goals, it is a major help to the team. This is part of my objective.
(To Monchi) Evaluating the midfield you created, do you thinks it’s the best in Italy?
I think we have a good midfield, but I can not say if it’s the best. We have to be happy with what we have, there is quality, we have different types of players, we are strong, but we do not need to compare ourselves to others. For me, the important thing is to be happy with what we did and what I brought here, I’m happy.
(To Monchi) In your head, is there a chance to see Cristante and Pastore together behind three attackers?
Once the season ends, we have an obligation to make decisions to see what is missing. Not just in midfield, but in all the roles. With the purchases, we tried to bring different things. Bryan has a nose for goal, he scores, Pastore has loads of quality. We wanted to have more options. We lost seven matches at the Olimpico, something did not go right, we have to look for solutions to find a way that will win us more matches at the Olimpico, which for me was, the biggest problem of the last year.
(To Cristante) You were linked to Juventus and Lazio, why did you choose Roma?
I never looked at the news, the newspapers and the various TV rumors. I did not hesitate when there was the offer from Roma, it is the right place for me and for my growth and also because of the Mister that is here. It’s the right place.
(To Monchi) There will still be some movement in midfield? Is Herrera a name?
Incoming I can promise no. Outgoing I do not know. We have to talk to the Mister and understand his ideas. Incoming, though, I can say no.