Monchi: ‘Roma need time’

Roma sporting director Monchi believes “fans will eventually begin to understand” his strategy, and explains the signing of Nicolò Zaniolo from Inter.

The Spaniard has been heavily criticised for his business over the summer, with Alisson, Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan all leaving.

However, Nainggolan’s sale did bring Zaniolo in exchange, and the youngster has been one of the bright lights so far.

“I think the fans will eventually begin to understand what my idea is,” Monchi assured in an interview with Sky, which will be broadcast in full on New Year’s Day.

“I know that there’s no time in football, but I know the way we work and I hope we’ll be right.

“As for Zaniolo, when we were negotiating we had two requests: him and [Andrei] Radu. Radu had already gone to Genoa though.

“Inter didn’t want to sell Zaniolo, they’re not stupid, but given that they wanted to take Radja it was only logical they’d have to give something up.

“The deal wouldn’t have collapsed without Zaniolo, it wasn’t an either/or situation. I have to say, I didn’t think Zaniolo would be so decisive right away.”

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