Nicolo Zaniolo discusses Roma past, responds to Lazio links

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma player Nicolo Zaniolo discussed at length his years in the Italian capital and responded to the recent rumors linking him with a move to Lazio.

Zaniolo – who is presently on loan at Aston Villa from Galatasaray – looked back on the most meaningful part of his career with the Giallorossi.

“Mourinho’s dismissal from Roma? I don’t know what to say, I didn’t expect it and I feel sorry for Mourinho,” Zaniolo commented in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“De Rossi’s positive start? It doesn’t surprise me at all. Daniele was already a coach when he was playing. He was an unbelievable captain to have.”

“My time at Roma was a great love story. I loved a lot and I was loved back. But things in football, as in life, end. When this is the case, it is better to separate, while still keeping the memory in your heart.”

“Nothing special happened. The truth is that something had broken off in the relationship with Roma and we mutually decided that there was no point in dragging out the issue.”

“I have grown and matured. Injuries and fatherhood have made me a better man. But I know that many challenges still await me.”

“The night in Tirana against Roma, with the decisive goal in the final, remains the top moment of my career. I hope I can repeat myself with Aston Villa this year.”

“A future return to Italy? Who knows. I asked my agent, Claudio Vigorelli, to inform me only if and when there is something concrete. Now I have to focus on Aston Villa.”

“Lazio? I don’t know anything about it. But in any case I want to be honest: given what Roma represented for me and also out of respect for Lazio fans, it would be an unthinkable situation.”

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