NEWS
Friday August 26 2011
'Roma proud of Luis Enrique'

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has backed under-fire boss Luis Enrique, as well as promising him some more new faces.

The Spanish tactician is under immense pressure in the capital after the Giallorossi crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday.

"Luis Enrique is not under discussion," stated the official after the 1-1 draw with Slovan Bratislava. "We are proud of him.

"I hope that his decisions are not criticised," he added. "The new players have yet to integrate themselves.

"Sometimes great victories are built from defeats and I saw a side with great dignity. We want to construct something important."

Roma added Espanyol striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo to their squad yesterday in a €15m move and Simon Kjaer will also be netted in the very near future.

"Kjaer is already in Rome," Sabatini added when asked about the Wolfsburg and Denmark defender.

"We have to conclude the deal now and I'll be very happy when he signs a contract with us.

"We are struggling in midfield though and we have to make some important signings.

"Fernando Gago of Real Madrid and Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo? They are important players."

Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!

TODAY'S FRONT PAGES