Turkish international Zeki Çelik addressed the media earlier today in his first press conference as a Roma player.
The 25-year-old discussed his decision to join the capital club and the opportunity to work with José Mourinho.
“Roma is a huge club. I was encouraged by the fact that they showed they really wanted me. For me it is a chance to take a step up in level, to raise the bar for myself,” he admitted.
“There’s not much that really needs to be said about the boss; we all know about the titles he has won and the things he still wants to win. For me, the chance to work with him is another big motivation.”
“In terms of my playing style, I think I am very good defensively – as a defender. But I know that to keep progressing I can still get better both defensively and offensively.”
He continued, “I am very pleased to be the fourth Turkish player to play for Roma. I have always wanted to play in Serie A, I was eager to come here as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Now I am at a great club like Roma and I hope to contribute to the team’s successes.”
“I had the opportunity to play at the Olimpico, it’s a big stadium and I remember the beautiful atmosphere.”
“We all know the coach and I know him too, I know his style of play, it’s a great opportunity for me to work with him. It’s an opportunity to continue to grow as a footballer, I don’t think we’ll have problems of harmony and compatibility.”
“There will be great competition between Karsdorp and I, which will help Roma. I think the fans will be able to see a beautiful Roma with lots of quality.”