Primavera defender Maissa Ndiaye recently completed his move to newly promoted Serie A side Cremonese after spending the last two years in the Italian capital under the watchful eye of Alberto De Rossi and Jose Mourinho.
Despite signing a permanent deal with Cremonese, Ndiaye hinted at his hope to return someday to Roma in a recent interview with Corriere dello Sport.
“I’m looking forward to trying my luck in Serie A but you have to work every day to deserve it,” said the 20-year-old centre-back.
“I will never forget my first training session with Mourinho. He immediately called me up for the Sofia match in the Conference League and then against Inter in Serie A.”
“It was a dream that came true. I thought about the journey I made from Africa to get to Italy. I just couldn’t believe it when Mourinho first spoke to me,” continued Ndiaye, who came to Italy all the way from Senegal.
“I’m happy to go to Cremonese, but I will never stop thanking Roma for how they welcomed me, on and off the pitch.”
“Here I leave a father figure like Alberto De Rossi and many close friends. Fortunately, Tommaso Milanese, who is like a brother to me, lives here in Cremona and we’ll be playing together. He was the first to speak to me when I walked into the locker room.”
“I want to return to Roma someday. I want to return and play a central role in the team. But, first I have this wonderful opportunity and I need to make the best of it for a team that believed in me.”