Wednesday January 13 2021
Tiago Pinto explains Roma project

New Roma General Manager Tiago Pinto says the Giallorossi have a medium-to-long term project and explains how Ryan and Dan Friedkin convinced him to join the club.

The former Benfica director was unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday.

“It was not easy to leave Benfica, you all know how much I love the club” he said.

“Dan and Ryan Friedkin explained me what they want to build here. I’ve understood I could play a key role in the development of the club and make the team more competitive.

“This is a medium-to-long term project and sustainability is crucial to gain victories in football, but nobody can predict when we will win.

“We have ambition and we must have it every day. Our aim must be to do better than the day before. If we’ll be able to do that, we’ll win.

“There are clubs who have invested a lot, but haven’t won much, we are working every day to make Roma more competitive, we need to be united and we’ll reach our targets all together.”

What’s the club’s transfer strategy?

“We have no language barriers with [Paulo] Fonseca. We are working together to find the best solutions.

"We want to keep hold of our best players as long as possible. We want to make them develop and keep them for as much time as we can and be competitive.

“Fonseca is the fifth coach I’m working with, I know him very well. I identify myself in his ideas, an offensive and dynamic football. His ideas are the right ones for this club.

“I can’t say how many operations we’ll do in January, we are working to make the best deals.

“I repeat this is a medium to-long term project and we are working to make the team more competitive.”

Lorenzo Pellegrini’s contract expires in 2020.

“I am a transparent person, Pellegrini embodies our project. He is young, talented and attached to Roma, we’ll make everything we can to extend his contract as soon as possible.”

Tiago Pinto has revealed Roma won’t hire a new sporting director.

“I will oversee transfer negotiations with Dan and Ryan Friedkin, I am here to develop Roma.

“Nobody else will arrive, I am in charge of the sporting area and I will oversee it with Dan and Ryan, I am here to work with those who are here already. I want to be helpful.

“I twill be crucial to have a solid scouting department, it will be important to have a database that will help us make the best decisions."