Transfer market

ITALY/ AS ROMA, Baldini: "Castan can play in the difficult centre-back role"

03.08.2012 15.25 by TM W  read 1083
Source: As Roma
© foto di Marco Iorio/Image Sport

As Roma general manager Franco Baldini has spoken at the beginning of the press conference of Castan and Tachtsidis introduction.

"These two lads we're presenting to the Italian media today, Leandro Castan and Panagiotis Tachtsidis, joined up with us just before our US tour and today is the first opportunity for us to show them to you. I'll introduce them in age order, starting with the oldest. Castan won a Brazilian league championship and then, just a few weeks ago, the Copa Libertadores – a competition in which he played exceptionally well and attracted the attention of clubs from all over the world. The negotiations to bring him here were a bit drawn out, partly because Corinthians wanted him to sign a contract extension with them, but things worked out well for us in the end. I'm pleased that after Aldair, we now have another Brazilian who can play in the difficult centre-back role for Roma".

"Moving on to Tachtsidis, I think you probably know him yourselves having seen him last year in Serie B with Verona, where he made 37 appearances and scored two fine goals – though neither was patch on his magical strike in Chicago against Lubin. Panagiotis has a lot of strengths and these qualities are exactly what our coach was looking for. Zeman rates him very highly. It will be his first season in Serie A so he'll need a bit of time to adjust to top-flight football. Who does he remind me of? Instinctively I'd say Redondo, especially for the way he uses his left foot, but objectively speaking it's early days to be making such comparisons. As I said, the boy has a lot of quality and we hope he can fulfil the great potential he has shown. We just need to give him a bit of time to make the step up into Serie A."

Other news Transfer market
Other news

ENGLAND/ LIVERPOOL, Klopp: "I'm the normal one"

Jurgen Klopp faced the media for the first time since becoming Liverpool manager and declared himself "the normal one". A highly-anticipated introduction did not disappoint as Klopp vowed to turn "the doubters to believers", said he would have "the fir

INTER, Brozovic's agent: "Leaving in January? It's up to the club"

Interviewed by FcInterNews.it, Miroslav Bicanic, agent of Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, has declared: "Marcelo is an Inter player, he&

VALENCIA, Mustafi's agent: "Bayern are after him"

Interviewed by Gestiona Radio Valencia, Ali Bulur, agent of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, has declared: "It's true, Bayern are watching

LIVERPOOL, Coutinho's agent: "I'm not in talks with Real Madrid"

Kia Joorabchian, agent of Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, has declared: "Reports that I have been talking to Real Madrid about

PSG, Lucas: "I am happy here"

Interviewed by France Football, PSG winger Lucas Moura has declared: "My life here is wonderful, I'm happy here. At the beginning it was diff

BAYERN, Götze: "Never thought about leaving Bayern"

Interviewed by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Götze has declared: "I never thought about leaving las
   Editore: TC&C srl web content publisher since 1994 Partita IVA 01488100510