Leandro Castan has admitted he had doubts about his Roma future following his arrival in the summer of 2012.
The Brazilian joined the outfit from Corinthians, but initially found life tough under then boss Zdenek Zeman.
“I went through a difficult period,” the centre-back told Sky Sport Italia. “The first six months in Italy were not easy at all.
“Then, in the summer, new boss Rudi Garcia spoke a lot with me. He and sporting director Walter Sabatini offered me their support.
“I thought that I wouldn’t be able to express myself at high levels in Italy, but now I have the faith of the club and I want to demonstrate my qualities.”
Castan is now part of the meanest defence in Serie A, seeing as they have conceded just three goals in 13 games this term.
“The credit goes to the whole team for the work they do in the week,” Castan noted after the 0-0 draw with Cagliari.
“Juventus are now top? It will be a difficult championship, as Napoli and Inter are also targeting the top spots.
“We’ve done well up until this point, but we need to get back to winning ways after three draws. We have to stay close to Juve to take advantage of any possible slip-up from them.”
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