Mauro Goicoechea has been unveiled by Roma – and immediately set his sights on the No 1 jersey.
The Uruguayan custodian arrived at La Magica on loan from Danubio on transfer deadline day. And although he is little known outside his home country, Goicoechea clearly isn't lacking in confidence.
“I am grateful to have arrived in Rome,” commented the 24-year-old at a Press conference at Trigoria.
“This is a great club and I'm here to to grow and improve. In time, I aspire to be the team's best goalkeeper.
“Maarten Stekelenburg and Bogdan Lobont are both excellent 'keepers and it will be an honour to learn from them. My idol? Gigi Buffon.”
The former Uruguay Under-20 international was quick to point out his ability with his feet – a key component for any shot-stopper playing in a Zdenek Zeman side – and also remarked on the strenuous nature of the Czech tactician's training sessions.
“His workouts are very demanding and time consuming, but I'm glad I landed here.”
Goicoechea was flanked by Giallorossi sporting director Walter Sabatini, who stressed that the deal was done with the full approval of Zeman.
“Goicoechea was strongly desired,” said the transfer aficionado. "He has played a lot for Danubio, always doing well. All of our market transactions were concluded in perfect harmony with Zeman.”
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