Tuesday May 15 2018
Skorupski: 'I have to play'

Lukasz Skorupski warned Roma he “cannot accept” another season like this as Alisson Becker’s unused understudy. “I have to play.”

The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been on the Giallorossi books since 2013 and played regularly during his two-year loan spell at Empoli from 2015 to 2017.

However, this season he made just one competitive appearance, in the Coppa Italia.

“There’s no getting around it, I have to play football,” Skorupski told Polish site Sportowefakty.

“I am impatient because I’m not playing. Fortunately my wife Matilde is helping to keep me calm and soon we’ll become parents. She’s approaching the ninth month of pregnancy.

“I have ambition and over the next few months something has to change. I will admit one thing, as I don’t believe the last year has been a waste of time, because Roma goalkeeping coach Marco Savorani is very good.

“I might not have played over the last 12 months, but I have improved, I am certain of that. I know that I am second choice and Roma have Alisson, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but I have to play.

“At the end of the season, I’ll talk to the directors and my agent to say I want to play more regularly, regardless of where I am. Monchi knows that and he tells me that Alisson is too good, he can’t be left out. I understand that, it’s true, but I can’t accept this situation.”

Skorupski still had some remarkable experiences this season, including being on the bench for the 3-0 Champions League quarter-final over Barcelona.

“It was crazy. I’ll always remember Daniele De Rossi’s locker room speech and we always scream something before a game, but that time it was special.

“I also remember Francesco Totti still seemed like one of us at the end of the game. He cried with joy. I have no doubts, he is more important in Rome than the Pope.”

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