Kevin Strootman ahead of Coppa Italia clash with Roma: “It’s still my home.”

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman will face the Giallorossi in tonight’s midweek Coppa Italia fixture.

The Dutchman – who served the capital club between 2013 and 2018, often acting as vice-captain to Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan – spoke about the anticipation of his return to Rome in a interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“I still consider the Olimpico my home and tonight I return as a guest,” Strootman told the Italian newspaper. “I lived five years with ups and downs in Rome but I always felt the support of the fans when I entered the field wearing the Giallorossi jersey.”

“I hope to be welcomed by the fans,” he added.

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