Manolas speaks ahead of preseason


Kostas Manolas appeared on Roma Radio this morning. These are his words:

Are you ready? How do you feel?
We had a summer program, we all did it and are ready to start again.

What is the spirit like?
I haven’t seen much yet, but I see a team that has a good group of guys, but I want to see everyone working hard together because this preparation is the most important of all.

Is there an advantage to working with Di Francesco for the second year in a row?
It will certainly be an advantage, last year we had to work to learn what the Mister wanted. Now we already know what he wants exactly and we will certainly work better.

You remained and had a great season. How has your relationship with Roma changed?
I have received so many messages from the fans, I thank them for their support of me. I am happy to be here, I renewed my contract last year and I will do my best for the team. I am convinced that this year will be even better than last year.

You are also a point of reference for the youngsters.
I will try to help all the new ones, they are humble guys. Some are young and having a new adventure here in Rome. It will not be easy because Rome is not an easy place, they have to put the right mindset forward and work hard. It is not easy to play well here. Then there are also experienced players like Marcano, Santon, Mirante, and also Cristante, who already has some seasons behind him with Atalanta. I will always be available to everyone to help them, I just want to see all the guys work hard – if not, we won’t reach our objectives.

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