Zaniolo: “I loved Roma, but things have a beginning and an end.”

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma attacker Nicolo Zaniolo discussed his departure from the Italian capital and his recent move to Aston Villa.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Zaniolo addressed his Conference League title with the Giallorossi, the abrupt decision to leave Roma and Mourinho’s mentorship.

“The Conference League? It was a great day,” he said. “To score the only goal was an incredible emotion. It was the first trophy I’d won in my career and I will always carry it in my heart. It will always be a wonderful memory.”

“There will always be difficult times in life and it’s important that you stay united with those close to you and give each other strength,” Zaniolo continued, referring to the final weeks in Italy where Roma supporters threatened him. “But I’d prefer to keep family matters to myself and not talk about my state of mind during that period.”

“I have wonderful memories of Rome and Roma from my first very day there but things in life have a beginning and an end. Unfortunately that ending happened in January but I want nothing but the best for Roma fans and I loved the Roma colours.”

“Mourinho is a great person. I respect him very much and he taught me a great deal. I have to thank him for all the times he picked me and put his trust in me. Now and then we are still in touch.”

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