Destro: Roma are a great club with many champions

The new Giallorossi player has expressed delight at finally joining the revolution under way at the capital side, and is eager to force his way into his coach's first-team plans
Mattia Destro took time to speak of his belief in the Roma project after ending one of Italy's most protracted transfer sagas this summer by joining the Giallorossi.

Much of the delay in finding the highly-rated Destro his new club lay due to the impasse that formed between Genoa and Siena, the sides which oversaw his co-ownership.

The situation allowed Roma and Juventus to enter the race for the 21-year-old after it initially seemed he would be sold on to his former side Inter, but Zdenek Zeman's outfit have stayed the course the longest to finally acquire his signature.

"I made what I thought was the best decision for me," Destro told assembled reporters at a press conference. "Roma are a great side that has many champions.

"I don't want to talk about interest from Juventus and other sides at the time being. I am happy to be at Roma, and have to thank [Genoa president Enrico] Preziosi for keeping his promise in the long negotiation process.

"There is a lot of competition for places, but I am not frightened by that. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench, and have already played in a 4-3-3 system as a wide striker, though I am at Zeman’s complete disposal.

"It was a long process, with so many actors on the scene," continued Roma general manager Franco Baldini.

"We were counting on the assent of the boy to come here, and I want to thank Preziosi for keeping his word to [sports director Walter] Sabatini.

"We wanted to undertake a project of quality in the upcoming season, and believed immediately Destro would be the one for us. I can affirm Destro for the talent he is."