Kostas Manolas relish decision to remain at Roma

first_imgAS Roma defender Kostas Manolas explained he could have left the Giallorossi a few times in the past year or so but eventually deciding to commit his future to the club.The 27-year-old Greek has recently extended his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, having pledged his allegiance to the 3-time Serie A champions until 2022.The Italian news outlet, Football Italia, have broadcasted Manolas’ interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, pointing out his “modest” €36 million release clause.“I’ve never been asked to remove the clause. In any case, I don’t think the clause is that low. Football prices have gone through the roof and beyond normality, so if Roma consider it inadequate as a sum, they can call me to discuss it.“I had been very close to Zenit St Petersburg, but I saw the figures were all in Rubles. I asked them to change it to Dollars and they refused. When they changed their minds days later, I’d already made my decision. It was destiny.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The author of a winning goal in Roma’s astonishing Champions League comeback against Barcelona last season also expressed his opinion on a potential departure in the future.“If a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona were to come along, apart from Francesco Totti who turned them down, I think everyone would think about it. We’d then have to evaluate the conditions because I can assure you that it’s not easy for anyone to leave Roma.“Totti was fundamental in convincing me to stay. I spoke to him more than I did (director of sport) Monchi.“I don’t feel like a leader and I am not the captain. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been here for many years. We are all the same in the locker room. Now talented young players have arrived and they need our help. All I can pledge is that I’ll give my all.”Manolas arrived at the Italian capital from Olympiacos back in 2014 for a reported fee of €15 million, having collected a total of 180 appearances for Giallorossi ever since.last_img

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