Saturday November 16 2019
Florenzi: 'Captain puts Roma first'

Alessandro Florenzi will “set the example and put Roma first, as a captain should do,” by not complaining at his lack of playing time.

The versatile homegrown talent has found himself benched for the last six competitive club games in a row, but was still chosen to start for Italy in last night’s 3-0 victory away to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“I am just focused on giving my contribution to Roma,” Florenzi told Sport Mediaset.

Paulo Fonseca has said that he doesn’t see Florenzi as a strong enough defender to play at right-back, although he has played in midfield and even attack during his career.

“I hope that in the near future I’ll be able to make the decisions more difficult for the coach, but right now he is making other choices and I respect that.

“If I am to be the Roma captain, I must set the example. As I did in past years, I put Roma first, certainly before me. We all need to stay quiet and work hard. If the captain does it, then everyone must follow suit.”

Florenzi is only the latest Giallorossi captain to end up on the bench after Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, who were eventually forced out when their contracts were allowed to expire.

As for Florenzi, he is under contract until June 2023 and has been linked with loan moves to Cagliari, Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Inter in the January window.

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