Wednesday November 27 2019
Fonseca quiet on takeover talk

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca admits he is in the dark about a possible takeover, preferring to focus on Istanbul Basaksehir who will be “tough”.

Roma are third in their Europa League group and tomorrow face a Basaksehir side in first place, on the back of four straight wins and unbeaten since a 4-0 defeat to the Giallorossi in September.

“We’re confident like always. We’ll do everything to win this difficult game,” Fonseca said at a press conference.

“We know it’ll be tough because they’re in great form and they have experienced players.

“The stadium factor will also count for a lot, but we want to win.”

The match in Istanbul marks a return to Turkey for defender Mert Cetin and Basaksehir old boy Cengiz Under.

“I understand that everyone will ask me about Under, but when I choose the team I’m not thinking about these issues.

“They both have a great future, they’re young and they have to work to improve themselves.

“We believe in them a lot, even if they have to grow. Cetin has just got here [compared to Cengiz].”

The Portuguese then confirmed Nikola Kalinic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini were all available.

“I no longer have to think about the past. I just have to think about tomorrow and, like in all the games, we’ll try to play to win and go through.

“Kalinic and Mkhitaryan are ready to play, although perhaps not from the start. Lorenzo can always play.”

Finally, the former Shakhtar Donetsk boss was asked about the possibility of James Pallotta selling the club to The Friedkin Group.

“We talk a lot. I feel he’s with the team, he’s always thinking about us. I don’t know anything about the rest, I’m the coach and I only talk about football.”

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