Monday October 14 2013
‘Renew Garcia? Roma not compelled’

Walter Sabatini has labelled Rudi Garcia a ‘diamond’, but says Roma are not compelled to discuss a new contract until at least the spring.

The Frenchman has guided the Giallorossi to a 100 per cent start to the Serie A season, with seven wins from seven.

It is form that has reportedly already caught the attention of major sides back in Ligue 1, whilst speculation in Italy was that both the 49-year-old and Roma were on track to open early talks on a possible contract extension.

“Garcia is a diamond, whilst I am learning to appreciate his staff these days too. We followed other tracks in the summer, Italian and foreign, but he struck us,” sporting director Sabatini reflected on Radio Sport Anch’io today.

“A renewal? It is not a compelling need. Maybe we will meet in the spring. He still has a contract with us for the foreseeable future.”

Sabatini mused on the Lupi’s start to the campaign so far.

“When you work it is always in hope of such things. Seven wins in a row was something no-one was expecting and especially not in the way in which these victories have come.

“But we are certainly not satisfied by this. Our main objective was to revive the atmosphere at Roma after the Coppa Italia Final. We have done that and now we want to continue on like this.

“Garcia? I have been impressed by his knowledge of football and the way in which he approaches things. And he is a man who has fallen in love with Italian football, studying it seven/eight hours a day.

“I have known him for a long time, since he worked at Le Mans and I was at Palermo. Today I can say that his is a choice of great fortune.

“We had hoped for this kind of performance, but things to do not always go as we hope for. Garcia seem to work so much with Roma.

“To the squad he has brought his values and way of being. We are happy.”