Tiago Pinto bids farewell to Benfica as his role at Roma officially commences


Roma’s new General Director, Tiago Pinto, officially began his post at the club today following his appointment in late November.

The Portuguese executive has officially departed Benfica, however, it will be another day or two before he lands in the Italian capital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on the 22nd of December.

The 36 year-old appeared on Benfica TV today to bid farewell to the Portuguese giants, where he spent eight seasons, after Roma President, Dan Friedkin, hired him to oversee all sporting-related matters at Roma six weeks ago.

“I’ve tried to prepare myself as best as I could for this goodbye,” he began.

“Benfica has meant so much to me and it’s very painful to leave, I’ve loved this club. However, I felt it was time for me to embrace a new challenge.”

“I’ll understand what needs to be done when I touch down in Rome, but they looked at me due to what I’ve done here at Benfica. We discussed similar ideas and I’m going there to modernise the sporting sector,” stated Pinto.

He continued, “Serie A is a very unpredictable league and is among the best in Europe. The most important thing is to create a winning mentality, take things one match at a time, and then to achieve our objectives.”

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