Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi – heavily linked with a return to the Italian capital in the summer – discussed his highly anticipated transfer to Roma which did not materialize due to the Neroverdi’s demands which were deemed excessive by Roma.
“During preseason I felt horrible. It wasn’t me, it was like my shitty brother playing instead of me. There was strong interest on Roma’s behalf, and when the transfer collapsed I almost felt like giving up.”
“For the first time in my career I couldn’t bring myself to react,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Why? Because it was Roma. I felt bad when they sold me in 2017. In the summer I saw the possibility to return home: Romans are very close to their roots.”
“It was like overcoming a personal challenge, showing them they’d been wrong in getting rid of me,” he added.
“Then, fortunately something kicked inside of me and I learned you always must give 100% for the cause.”