Pallotta speaks at Roma training session


AS Roma President James Pallotta gave a brief interview during his side’s training session in Dallas ahead of the game this evening against Real Madrid.

“The American tour is important for the Roma brand but it’s also important to prepare our players physically and have them play together. We’re playing big clubs here like Real Madrid. They won the Champions League last season and even though it’s a friendly everyone wants to win.” 

Pallotta also responded to transfer rumours concerning Mehdi Benatia and speculation around Roma’s planned new stadium:

“Benatia has never been on the market. He’s our player and is important for the team and this season. You never say never in football but it’s not our intention to lose our best players. The aim every season is to win the Scudetto and play in the Champions League. Juventus performed brilliantly last year and we were excellent opponents. This season we have strengthened our roster.”

“Our stadium project is not only for Roma but for the whole of Italy. We’re working very closely with the local authorities. The Italian people want this investment because it’s important for job creation as we aim to create 3,000 jobs.”

Pallotta concluded with a few remarks concerning the upcoming FIGC Presidential elections: “Our position on the president of FIGC is clear: we think Tavecchio’s comments are embarrassing. He does not represent Italy or Roma and I am surprised that there are still clubs who are supporting him.”