Gonzalo Villar recounts Roma transfer: “They pushed for me to join much more than Valencia.”


Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar expressed his delight with the past year since moving to the club from Elche.

The Giallorossi acquired the Spaniard in January 2020 for a total of €5 million. In his early months at the club, Villar played a meager role and featured primarily from the bench.

This season, however, he has transformed into a key piece for Roma and manager Paulo Fonseca.

“I couldn’t have asked for better over the past year,” he disclosed to Movistar. “It’s hard to think of many players who made this big of a jump so quickly from a second division league.”

Villar also discussed his playing style and the added pressure that comes with playing at a club like Roma.

“I like to hold the ball, when I pass it my hope is that I get it back quickly so that I can switch the play to the other side of the pitch. I’m in a huge club so of course the responsibility is enormous, but it doesn’t weigh on me too much.”

He added, “Before I joined, my agent called me and informed me that Roma were interested. Valencia also offered me the chance to return but Roma pushed much harder for me. I go where they want me most.”

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