Newly acquired defender Juan Jesus was presented to the media today, here are his words:
What are your personal goals here at Roma? I have to thank Roma for giving me this opportunity, I have to prove every day why I came here. I have to help the team achieve the objectives: the first of which is to pass the preliminary stages in the Champions League and then to do well in the league.
Has Spalletti given you guidance on your roles?
He asked me what my preferred role was: I said I’m a left-central defender, but I can do more, the important thing is doing well when you step on the pitch.
The goal is to fight for the Scudetto?
Surely Roma is a tough team to face, when I played them we almost always suffered. The first few years we lost many times, even 3-0 at the San Siro, Roma are a great team, very strong technically, if we stay together we can go far.
Juan and Aldair spoke well of you.
They are two fantastic central defenders, Juan has always been my idol, he always played for his country – I saw him recently, too. Aldair I saw when I was very young. I met with Juan not long ago, we talked a bit and I hope to do at least 70% of what they did.
Your relationship with Mancini?
I always had a good relationship with Mancini, the manager makes his choices, I am not the judge, I still thank him for all he did for me.
Do you feel mature enough to be a decisive player?
First there was the excuse that I was young, but now I’m 25 and I have to make the leap. I have to improve on what I’ve missed, in football, every day you can learn something, I must be careful not to make mistakes and to always do well.
I hope play here many years and to become a bandiera at Roma like him.
What didn’t work at Inter?
To play at Inter is difficult: when things are not going well, unfortunately, people want to find a target and find a scapegoat. But I think, in general, the team did not work, this is also bad to say but it’s an Inter thing. Here we have new goals, even personal ones, I have to find new things and do things right because surely I’m happy: I’m with new guys and every day I am learning more.