Pellegrini nears contract renewal

Lorenzo Pellegrini of Roma

RomaPress – Roma and midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini are close to agreeing a new deal for the captain, whose current contract expires next summer.

The 25 year-old’s agents, Giampiero Pocetta and Giovanni Ferro, met with Roma executive Tiago Pinto this afternoon to continue discussions surrounding the contract renewal.

While a final agreement wasn’t reached, both sides admitted the meeting was productive and that talks could conclude in the coming days.

Roma’s sense of urgency on the Roman’s contractual situation has risen dramatically in recent weeks.

He’s been one of the standouts in the early part of the campaign, drawing strong praise from manager José Mourinho, who has been outspoken in his praise about the midfielder’s quality and importance.

“He has to sign tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, he’s important for us,” he stated late last month.

“If we had three Pellegrinis, all three would play. He’s is intelligent, he understands the game in addition to the manager’s philosophy.”

Pellegrini’s current contract expires in June and nets him a modest €2.3 million (net) per season.

He and his representatives are seeking a pay rise to nearly €4.5 million (net) per season, which would make him the club’s highest earner alongside striker Tammy Abraham.