Ex-Roma primavera Davide Frattesi: “De Rossi was my idol.”

Andy Mattioli

Currently at Sassuolo, Davide Frattesi was one of Roma’s more talented Primavera players of recent years.

The young midfielder recently spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport detailing his memories as a Roma youth player, his idols and his regret of having to leave Roma behind.

“Nonno Carmine was my super fan, the one who believed in it the most when I was little. He came to see all the games. He would then write a report card based on my performance and pin it on my door.”

“One time I scored for Roma’s Primavera and he almost had an attack. Impossible not to think about him.”

On the midfielders he admires the most:

“It puts me in trouble because I don’t watch games. If I do, I want to go running after the ball in the garden which I try to avoid. But I can tell you that the strongest mezzala is De Bruyne, even if it is almost an understatement to call him that.”

“Marchisio was a role model in that position.”

“Strootman before the injury drove me crazy because he had strength, pace and quality. De Rossi was my idol and in fact I wear the number 16 in his honor.”

On what he felt when Roma decided to sell him to Sassuolo:

“I felt bad about it. As a Romanista I would have liked to stay. But everything is water under the bridge and now I’m very happy to be at Sassuolo.”

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