Pietro Vierchowod says that if Roma’s ambitions this season are to win something, then Mehdi Benatia’s sale would not have occurred.
The 27-year-old is in Germany today completing formalities on an initial €26m transfer to Bayern Munich, but one former Giallorosso defender sees the technical deficit created in his exit.
“Simply, if Roma want to win, this is a sale that they would not have done,” Vierchowod, who represented the club in the 1982-83 season, has told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“This, of course, is talking only from the technical point of view, because I do not want to get into discussing considerations that are economic or on the behaviour that the guy may have had within the environment.”
Roma have brought in Kostas Manolas as a replacement, but Vierchowod is cautious on placing too much expectation on the 23-year-old.
“Is Manolas not a convincing substitute? I do not dispute the value of the player, but to immediately come into a League as difficult as ours is not easy.
“Benatia more convincing? Without a doubt. Besides the many goals scored last season, the fact is that he has been bought by a big club like Bayern Munich, and this means a lot.
“Note, however, that this is not a rejection of Manolas. I’m just saying that he is a player who is yet to be evaluated in comparison to another who has already shown all of his potential.”