Garcia: “I want to stay but…”

Rudi Garcia has revealed he wants to stay at AS Roma, but he wants a competitive squad to do so.

In an interview with the director of Sport Mediaset Claudio Brachino, the ambitious Frenchman confirmed his wish to stay in the Italian capital, so long as he has a squad capable of competing in Italy and Europe.

“I want to remain at Roma but I want a competitive squad, capable of tackling the Champions League whilst competing for the Scudetto at the same time”.

Garcia continued, “my wish is very clear and I have already told Roma what I think. I am not interested in the rumours about PSG or other teams. I do not make any special conditions, however next season we will play in the Champions League and we must be ready. We will face an even more competitive championship next season, and maybe our points total will be less but it could be enough for Scudetto next time. But above all, I repeat, we must be able to face the Champions League well. My aim is not to win that competition right now, because we are not built for that yet but I want to be able to win our group and advance to the knockout stages”.

In order to realise Garcia’s ambitions a strong mercato is required and he added that this is still something that needs to be discussed. “The transfer market is still something to talk about, but this is a particular week. We have an earlier game than usual where we face Milan on Friday night and we remain concentrated on Serie A. However it is clearly an advantage to qualify for the Champions League so early because it gives us more time to plan”.

Focusing on the championship, the next obstacle ahead of Roma is Milan in the continued chase of Juventus. The ex-Lille man still believes in a fight back. “I still believe in the Scudetto, of course I do. Everything is still open and possible. It is clear however that we will have to win every match, starting on Friday. If we do, then we can wait for Monday to see how Juve do with Sassuolo, hoping that they can do what they need to do because they are playing for survival”. Garcia concluded by saying, “We have seen teams playing against Juve that are also playing for safety but then on the pitch have done nothing, but Sassuolo are a good team and are in a positive moment. Certainly, if Juve do win then the chase will be almost closed but if they don’t then everything remains open”.

Source(s): Sport Mediaset