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Roma coach Luciano Spalletti reiterated his admiration for Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista, but doesn't want to pressure the club to speed up the negotiations.

There doesn't seem to be any doubt anymore that Real Madrid striker Julio Baptista is Roma's primary transfer objective. Coach Luciano Spalletti spoke ahead of the Giallorossi's friendly against Tottenham Hotspur and confirmed that a negotiation with the Merengues is ongoing.

"It's true that Roma are negotiating with Real Madrid, but there is no rush, everything needs to be done calmly, we must not put pressure on the management," he commented.

However, once again Spalletti did not hide his admiration for the player, who according to the coach would fit in perfectly in the team's formation.

"He's a player who could be very useful to us. He's very versatile, he can run, he's strong, he has technique, in a word he's the right player for Roma," the coach concluded.

For today's friendly in London against the Spurs, Spalletti will be missing captain Francesco Totti, who's clinically healed from his injury but he still needs to get back into his best shape.

Danilo Pochini

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