Sabatini awarded, denies Strootman rumors

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini was awarded “Manager of the Year” by Rieti for the 2013-2014 season and spoke with reporters after receiving the hono:

“Rumors of Strootman? I have found that all of the exaggerated things are stories that are all from England. Strootman is an important player and we miss him very much, this project has been built around him. He’ll be back soon and isn’t on the market. He’ll have plenty of time to get back to as strong as he was before.”

“The league? With Juventus we can compete, we are happy to be able to play them on level points. But, I would hope that the championship will involve other clubs. If the dynamics are like last season’s, then it becomes difficult. If, however, there are other teams near the top of the table, which I’m sure can happen, then it will be different season and I believe that our chances might grow.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.