Two weeks before the teams face-off in the league, Torino attacker Nemanja Radonjic revisited his brief spell in the Italian capital with Roma.
The Serbian joined the Giallorossi as a youth in 2014 but never made a senior appearance with the club after a series off-the-pitch incidents. He permanently left the club in 2017 in order to return Serbia with Red Star which was followed by stints with Marseille, Hertha, and Benfica.
“I’ve changed a lot since my time at Roma,” Radonjic admitted to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I feel much more mature and prepared. There’s a lot of things I didn’t understand back then that I’m fully aware of now. It’s certainly true that at 18 years-old I had a particular mentality and was prone to misbehaving a bit.”
He also commented on what it felt like to return to Italy this summer after he finalised a loan move to the Granata in early July.
“I told my agent over the summer that I only wanted to come here to Torino. I really liked the idea of coming back to Italy and I really wanted to work with Juric.”
“I spoke with him before I signed. He told me how much he needed me at the club. Once I arrived here I realised the club had me at the center of the project, which was fundamental.”
Finally, “I wanted Torino so badly that I was willing to lower a portion of my wages to come here.”