Kostas Manolas discusses Daniele De Rossi’s evolution as coach

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma defender Kostas Manolas reflected on Daniele De Rossi’s ascent as the Giallorossi’s head coach.

The Greek centreback – who had shared the locker room with De Rossi throughout all of his years at Roma – spoke to Radio Manà Manà Sport Roma.

“Daniele was always a very serious man, who always wanted to win,” said Manolas. “I could never say a bad word about Daniele, I had a wonderful relationship with him, we shared the dressing room for 5 years and I was lucky enough to be present at the end of his career the same way I was there for Francesco Totti.”

“What I can say about Daniele is that he lived for football and still lives for football. He now has his own ideas about it, he had them when he was a footballer and he will have them now as a coach. He will have an important career.”

“Daniele always put the team before everyone. He didn’t care about the rest. He saw the good in the team and that’s why he makes all the players feel important, this is the right spirit! The skill of the player must be to take the opportunities that the coach gives you.”

On his recent free agency prior to his decision to sign with Salernitana, Manolas said, “I wanted to return to Roma above all for the love of the fans and the city.”

“I experienced my greatest moments in Rome, I would have even returned for free, but there was nothing concrete, just a chat. Now I’m here in Salerno, where I found a solid club and I thank Sabatini who gave me this opportunity to return to Serie A.”

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