Dean Huijsen details rapport with Daniele De Rossi: “It’s incredible.”

Andy Mattioli

Roma defender Dean Huijsen has been at the center of considerable attention from the media following his loan move from Juventus.

In less than two months, the 18-year-old was able to carve out a space in the Giallorossi’s rotations, featuring in 12 games so far, scoring 2 goals along the way.

After earning his first call-up with the Spanish U21 national team, Huijsen was interviewed by Marca about life in Italy and working with Daniele De Rossi.

“I am very happy to be part of this national team, as I grew up in Malaga since I was five years old. I feel Spanish,” said Huijsen.

“When I was younger I refused to sign for many top clubs in Spain and chose Italy instead. It was because I wanted to deepen my defensive skills – I had already acquired skills with regards to ball control, but needed more in terms of winning duels, tackling and the whole tactical side of the game.”

“Italy has helped me greatly in this regard – it’s helping me become a better player, but there’s still a lot I must learn.”

“Roma? Yes, Mourinho was the one to convince me to come. Mourinho had always treated me well, but now also with Daniele de Rossi the relationship is incredible. He takes great care of me, he’s a fantastic person and I get along well with him.”

“Future in La Liga? I don’t know – in football you never know but for now I feel good in Serie A.”

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