Pallotta: Roma stars not for sale

The president of the Serie A club said that he is delighted with the performances of the team under Luciano Spalletti and their aces will not leave

James Pallotta has dismissed rumours that Roma’s star players will be sold at the end of the season.

Midfielder Miralem Pjanic is one of a number of key men to have been linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, but president Pallotta insists they will stay with the Italian side.

“Every day I read that players will be sold,” he told Roma Radio.

“There is talk of the possible sale of Pjanic. That’s not true, I have not sanctioned that, I want him to stay.

“I’m tired of these rumours, they hurt the club.”

Roma sit third in the Serie A table – holding the final Champions League spot – having been fifth when head coach Rudi Garcia was sacked in January.

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And Pallotta is thrilled with the team’s progress under new boss Luciano Spalletti, after winning nine of their last ten league matches.

“I couldn’t be happier with what the team have been doing over the last few months,” he added.

“I’m delighted with coach Spalletti and all his staff.

“We’ve seen it was a mental problem [under Garcia], not a physical one.”

Roma host Bologna on Monday as they look to secure a Champions League place in the final seven games of the season.

RUMOURS: Pjanic jets into London ahead of Premier League move

The Roma star has been eyed by both Chelsea and Manchester United and is flying to England in order to hold talks over a potential move away from Serie A

Miralem Pjanic has jetted into London ahead of a potential move to the Premier League, with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested in signing the Roma midfielder, reports Tuttomercatoweb.

The Blues confirmed on Monday that Antonio Conte will become manager after Euro 2016 and the Italy manager is keen to acquire the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.

United are also watching Pjanic as they plot a significant restructure of their squad this summer, and may yet rival Chelsea for the 26-year-old, who is rated at around £31 million.


VIDEO: Pjanic scores ANOTHER stunning free-kick

The Roma playmaker has made a habit of bursting the back of the net from set-pieces, and he was on target again as Switzerland suffered a second successive defeat


Miralem Pjanic showed off his set-piece prowess yet again with another stunning free-kick, this time sealing victory for Bosnia against Swizterland on Tuesday night.

The Roma playmaker has arguably been the deadliest free-kick specialist in football over the last two years, and found the back of the net yet again to see off the Swiss at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich.

With Edin Dzeko having opened the scoring in the first half, Pjanic effectively wrapped up the win in the 57th minute, curling a brilliant right-footed effort beyond the despairing reach of Yann Sommer and into the top corner.

The Gladbach goalkeeper was powerless to stop Pjanic’s delicious effort as Switzerland slumped to a second successive friendly defeat, having also lost to the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Incredibly, despite their wealth of talent, Bosnia failed to qualify for Euro 2016, and they’ll be wishing Pjanic had managed to find his range in qualifying; the 25-year-old failed to net a single goal, from either a set-piece or open play.

Nevertheless, Pjanic leads the way across Europe’s top five leagues this season with the most goals from free-kicks, netting four times, while Gareth Bale and Kevin De Bruyne led the way in Euro 2016 qualifying with two apiece.

RUMOURS: Cavani heads up Conte's five-man Chelsea wishlist

The PSG forward is a top summer target for the Italy coach, who is preparing for his impending move to Stamford Bridge and has lined up a host of talent from Serie A

Edinson Cavani heads up a list of five players Antonio Conte wants to sign for Chelsea this summer, according to Gazzetta World.

Conte is set to sign a three-year deal with the Stamford Bridge club and will reportedly leave his role as Italy national team coach after Euro 2016.

Cavani is a top target for the former Juventus boss, who is keen to be reunited with Leonardo Bonucci at Chelsea, while Juan Cuadrado could also be in for a quick return to the club.

Roma midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainggolan are other targets for Conte, but a deal to sign Paul Pogba now appears unlikely.


Cicinho: Pjanic would be a good fit for Real Madrid

The veteran full-back, who played for Los Blancos and Roma earlier in his career, believes the midfielder would have no trouble slotting in if he made the move to the Bernabeu


Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic would be able to walk straight into the Real Madrid first team, according to former Giallorossi and Los Blancos defender Cicinho. 

The two clubs do battle again at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, after Real downed the Italians 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash. 

And the Brazilian full-back, who is in the unique position of having represented both teams, believes Pjanic would have no trouble slotting in if he was signed by Zinedine Zidane’s side in the summer. 

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“Pjanic would fit at Real Madrid. He plays more or less like [Luka] Modric,” he told Goal
“If Real Madrid sign him, he will play very well.
“Pjanic is a key player to Roma. If Real Madrid stop him, Roma will lose a lot.”

The 35-year-old, who is still playing in Turkey, also had some thoughts on Barcelona, and specifically his two compatriots currently starring for the treble-winners. 

“Aleix Vidal’s arrival to Barcelona will make Dani Alves work a lot more. But if he keeps his head, he will play for sure,” he said. 

“Neymar will be one of the best players in the world in the next year. He still needs to work.
“It could be too soon [for the Ballon d’Or] as there are some great players like Cristiano Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi who are one step above. Luis Suarez is doing very well this season too.”