Matteo Brighi's agent Vanni Puzzolo has revealed why his client left Roma this summer, and where he could have ended up, before joining Atalanta.
Speaking to forza-roma.com, the former Juventus midfielder's representative detailed the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Giallorossi this summer.
Brighi joined Atalanta on a season-long loan and the two teams are due to meet in the League next weekend.
"Matteo would have stayed at Roma forever. He had, however, a great desire to play. When the opportunity to join Atalanta presented itself, he took it, having realised that with Luis Enrique [pictured] there would be no room for him.
"In Bergamo, Matteo is playing very well and has started the season on the right foot. I think that so far, Atalanta has played some great football, earning the results they have recorded.
"Nobody has ever lobbied for Brighi to get away from Roma because the guy is highly respected by both [Walter] Sabatini and [Franco] Baldini.
"Certainly, the tactical and technical vision of the Coach has weighed heavily in his decision. Matteo understood from the very beginning of the team's ritiro that he would not be part of the project."
Puzzolo then confirmed reports that had linked Brighi with a switch to Milan, before the Rossoneri opted for Antonio Nocerino instead, after Brighi was believed to be cup-tied for European competition having played for Roma in the preliminary stages of the Europa League.
"It is true, that without that game, he would be over at Milan instead of Nocerino. But it is water under the bridge, and he is now happy to wear Atalanta's shirt."
Brighi is set to be a part of the Orobici's starting line-up for their trip to face Roma at the Stadio Olimpico next weekend.
"Matteo is a great professional and now plays with Atalanta. I do not think that anyone would take it too badly if he celebrated a goal against Roma.
"The truth is that the boy remains tied to Roma and Rome, and I am sure there will prove to be strong emotions on Sunday at the Olimpico.
"I've always called him the iceman for his ability to not leak anything, but playing against Roma will surely have an effect on him.
"In June of next year, we and the club will assess his case and decide accordingly."