Bastos can take Roma to new heights, says Garcia

The Frenchman is eager to begin working with the former Lyon and Schalke player, who is set to snub Napoli interest in favour of a move to the Stadio Olimpico
Rudi Garcia believes the signing of Michel Bastos can make the difference for Roma as they chase Serie A and Coppa Italia success.

The Al Ain winger is believed to be close to completing a loan move to the Giallorossi and a reunion with his former coach at Lille.

And Garcia has revealed his delight at the prospect of bringing in the 30-year-old as his side chase domestic glory this term.

"It’s not done yet, but negotiations are at an advanced stage," the coach told reporters after Roma's 3-0 win against Livorno on Saturday. "He is a versatile player, which is what interests me. 

"I have been tracking this player since he left Lille, going through Lyon,Schalke and Al Ain. I always spoke to him and knew this was a possibility for us.

"Above all, he was very eager to come back to Europe, so I am happy. He’s not just a player of a top level, but also a good man.

"We are in second place and want to do everything possible to have an even better second half of the season. This is why we needed a player and one more option on the wing."