Former Roma Youth player Davide Frattesi is getting ready to play against his former club at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday.
The 22-year-old was recently interviewed by Corriere dello Sport and shared his thoughts about facing his former side as well as the possibility of scoring a goal and dedicating it to his beloved grandmother.
First, however, Frattesi was asked about transfer rumors linking him with several big clubs in Italy:
“I honestly don’t think about it, everything goes through Sassuolo. If one day I had to leave, it would be another matter, but now I’m fine here and I want to give my contribution to achieve the club objectives.”
“Sassuolo is an ideal place to grow, for a young person who wants to show off.”
When asked to preview the match against Roma, Frattesi replied, “Both teams are coming off a difficult stretch. We know we have the qualities to put Roma in difficulty, but it will be a tough game.”
On his origins as a Roman:
“My friend Gianluca Scamacca and I grew up together, we have known each other since we were five, when I started playing in Angelo Di Livio’s football school at Delle Vittorie.”
“I was hyperactive and my mother took me to football school to make me run around and get tired. I ran after Scamacca a bit, now we play together and we also live in the same house. Ours is a true friendship, Gianluca is a guy with his head on his shoulders, a quiet person.”
“Bruno Conti discovered me. I did the whole process in the youth sector.”
“I’m not looking for revenge, even if I would have liked to play my chances with the Giallorossi. I have never hidden the fact that I was upset when they gave me up, but now I’m happy to be in Sassuolo.”
“It was the year of the club record in league points (2016/17) I went on the bench a few times with the first team.”
“That was a very strong Roma, with Salah, Alisson, De Rossi, Nainggolan, it was a team full of great champions. If they hadn’t sold anyone, they would have won the Scudetto, but we know how it went. However, for me it was a great experience.”
On tomorrow’s game:
“Everyone will come on Sunday to watch us play, even my grandmother Stefania. And I can tell you that if I happen to score, I’ll run to her and give her a big hug. For her, I’d even celebrate scoring a goal against Roma.”