Borini denies poor relationship with former Roma team-mates

The forward recently secured a move to Anfield, less than a year after joining the Giallorossi, and it has been claimed that he was only too happy to leave certain people behind
Fabio Borini has dismissed rumours that he did not see eye to eye with a number of his former Roma colleagues and that his sense of isolation played a part in his decision to leave the Stadio Olimpico for Liverpool.

The Italy international only arrived in the Italian capital last summer, initially on loan from Parma and then part of a co-ownership agreement, but last week he sealed a move to Merseyside for a reported €14 million.

It has been suggested that Borini had been so keen to depart because he had fallen out with a number of his Giallorossi team-mates, but he insisted that there is no truth in the reports.

"False," the 21-year-old forward declared in an interview with Corriere dello Sport. "I never had any problems with anyone.

"I did not attend two [team] dinners, out of a total of three I think, because I had family that had come to Rome to visit for me. That's it."

It was claimed that Borini had angered Roma vice-captain Daniele De Rossi with his comments on the midfielder's exclusion from the squad to face Atalanta in Bergamo last season as a result of being late for a team meeting, but the youngster does not believe that he said anything remotely inflammatory.

"They [the press] asked me what I thought," the former Chelsea forward explained. "I told the truth: I always arrive 20 minutes early for appointments. I do so with friends. Surely it's not a defect for me to be punctual?"

Borini, who was included in the Azzurri's squad for Euro 2012, explained that his decision to move to Anfield is motivated solely by footballing reasons.

"It's a lifestyle choice," he argued. "I am going to the home of football. My heart is in England, where I feel free: on the field and in life. I knew that sooner or later I would return.

"Certainly, I planned to spend a little more in Rome - I even bought a house in town - but football is unpredictable."

The ex-Swansea attacker also admitted that the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Reds boss had been key.

"The coach influenced my decision," Borini confessed. "But he also drew upon the stimulus of [joining such] a glorious club.

"At Liverpool, I can take another step forward in my career."

Borini, who netted nine times in Serie A last season, previously worked with Rodgers at both Chelsea and Swansea.