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Tuesday August 2 2011
Enrique: ‘I’m not Harry Potter!’

Roma Coach Luis Enrique has warned he still needs more players and even then success is not guaranteed. “I’m not Harry Potter!”

The Giallorossi have brought in talents like Erik Lamela and Maarten Stekelenburg, but refused to answer a question on what they could achieve this season.

“I don’t have a crystal ball and I’m not Harry Potter! We are still missing some players and those who don’t identify with the project would do better to leave,” he said during a Press conference.

Several already have, as Mirko Vucinic completed his transfer to Juventus, while Philippe Mexes joined Milan and Jeremy Menez is at Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am optimistic based on what I have seen in training. I really like the attitude of the players.

“We’re working to create a new squad and I can’t say how many players are still missing. We do need a few, but I don’t want to give clues here as to our reinforcements. I’ll speak about it privately with director Walter Sabatini.

“I don’t think we are changing too much this summer. I was accustomed to continually changing at Barcelona B.”

Daniele De Rossi has been linked with a move away, as his contract expires in June 2012.

“De Rossi is a midfield maestro and can play in any area of the midfield. He is a reference point and I asked the club to keep him,” continued Enrique.

“I also know he wants to stay here. I’m sure a renewal will happen, although I couldn’t say when.”

Roma could field Bojan Krkic and Gabriel Heinze for the first time in tomorrow’s friendly against Vasas in Budapest.

“We’ll see, they could play. The important thing is that they are settling into the group. Winning or losing in a friendly is irrelevant.”

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