Mattia Destro: The ambition is to be a starter

Roma striker Mattia Destro, who has been surrounded by transfer rumors, spoke to Rivista Undici this afternoon:

“I’m the sixth man like in basketball? It’s better to be among the five (starters). I like the comparison, but to be honest, the ambition is to be among those who start. The only thing that hasn’t change is the commitment: to do the best I can every minute. I’m still young? Yes but at 23 years old, I still shouldn’t be considered so. It’s difficult for a young person, it has to be said. It’s something to think about, if young players have a certain value then they’ll likely go abroad.”

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.