Shomurodov on Roma move: “It’s a huge step for me.”


Newly acquired Roma attacker Eldor Shomurodov gave his first interview since completing his move to the club.

The 26 year-old officially joined the Giallorossi from Genoa in a deal that will cost nearly €20 million. He also becomes the first player from Uzbekistan to feature for the capital club.

“First of all, I am definitely excited—it’s a huge step for me. I will try to showcase my game and make the fans happy,” Shomurodov said to Roma’s official website.

His move to Roma comes less than one year after he joined Genoa from Russian side Rostov.

When asked about his first season in Serie A, Shomurodov admitted that he could have done even more.

“I tried to show what I can do. Some things I did well and perhaps others not so much – and I know that. But still, I’d say I was happy with my season overall.”

“It was my first season and I guess I needed some time to adapt. Later on (in the season), I started getting used to the speed of the games, the team and the way other teams defend.”

“And I think because of that I performed much better at the end. I already knew what to do and how to play.”

He then explained his decision to transfer to Roma and his aspirations with the club.

“I would like to help my team to win trophies, to overcome challenges too. I will do everything I can in that regard. I want to do my very best and keep improving.”

“Roma are one of the best teams in Italy. And there are many positive aspects that attracted me. Many good things: I saw how the fans support the team, how the games go. I used to watch a lot of Roma matches, so I know a bit about it.”

He continued, “It all got decided very quickly. They were very eager to get it signed and I think they acted very quickly. So that was positive too. And now I’m here, of course.”

“Another reason is that I always try to aim high. So that’s also very important for me, to take on that next challenge.”

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