Adem Ljajic has made clear that he intends to stay at Roma for the foreseeable future, despite increased competition for places.
Speculation heading into the summer was that the Serbian was unhappy in the capital and was open to an exit.
With Juan Manuel Iturbe arriving, Ljajic was also reportedly viewed by the Giallorossi as on the market, to help cover part of the cost of that deal, and to ease competition for places in attack.
However, on from starting the team’s opening match of their US pre-season tour, the 22-year-old has made clear where his heart is.
“I am happy here, I have come to Roma to stay for a long time,” Ljajic is quoted by ANSA today.
“There are many of us in attack, but this is good for Garcia because it means that everyone must do their best.
“I have spoken with the director [Walter Sabatini] and I will do so again on our return to Italy.
“Hopefully we can win something this year and go as far as possible in the Champions League.”
Those talks with Sabatini were rumoured recently to be on a possible improved contract.