Sassuolo’s Frattesi: “I wanted to return to Roma at all costs.”

Andy Mattioli

Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi has made no secret over the last few years of his disappointment over the fact that Roma let him go in 2017 without taking a chance on him first.

Frattesi, who first played for Empoli before signing on with the Neroverdi, recently gave an interview to DAZN where he talked about his love and admiration for Roma legend Daniele De Rossi as well as his past in the capital.

“De Rossi was one of the very few veterans who, when you made a mistake, did not scream and did not massacre you,” said Frattesi.

“When you go to the first team as a youth player it is quite common to make mistakes and get killed for it. Instead, De Rossi always had a word of comfort ready for you when you needed it the most.”

He concluded, “These are things that remain inside you. He was one of the few who spoke to younger players.”

 “After Empoli I wanted to come back to Roma at all costs,” he said when asked about his regrets.

“I was a bit hurt, but then in football there are so many variables that in the end you can’t know why they did it in the first place. This in a way affected the way I perceived these colors for a while, but as for all Romans Roma is Rome.”

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