Ünder: “Di Francesco? An excellent manager.”


Roma attacker Cengiz Ünder was interviewed by the Turkish outlet Spor Arena Plus and discussed his choice to come to the Italian capital this past summer. These are his words:

“I received an offer from Manchester City, but I did not agree to it. There was the Roma’s project plus the attitude of the club and manager were important to me. Then, with the sale of Salah, the team became more suited to my characteristics. Plus, Monchi said that I could become important for the future of this team.”

Monchi and Di Francesco?
Monchi is a very important name and has always had a lot of confidence in me. I talk to him and can feel it. He says that I can become an important player for the future of Roma. As for Di Francesco, he is an excellent manager who gives loads of importance to discipline and tactical work. He gives every player a chance, he trusts them. He always asks for everyone’s best in training. We have a good relationship.

Adapting?
The biggest problem was the language, now things are better and I am more sociable. I have not visited around the city very much because of the traffic plus we always train, but I really like the Piazza di Spagna. Dzeko? Edin is a great scorer, we often talk before matches and he tells me what to do when the ball comes to me; I try to envision what could happen and our understanding between each other improves. Totti? As for Francesco, one day I came out of the shower after training and Monchi told me that I had to meet someone. I went and it was Totti, I was very excited. But I feel unlucky not to have played with him.

Messi?
I grew up watching his videos. With respect to Ronaldo, Messi is the best in the world. I also really like David Silva. The ideal eleven? Alisson in goal, defended by Dani Alves, Ramos, Thiago Silva and Marcelo, then Modric, Silva, De Bruyne, Salah, Messi and Ronaldo.

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