Monday July 30 2012
Osvaldo has Roma and Italy desire

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo wants to stay at Roma and win back his place in the Italy plans of boss Cesare Prandelli.

“I don’t know if I will stay at Roma, but I hope that I do,” the striker told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday.

“I’m happy here, I have faith in the project and the fans love me. Why would I want to change clubs?”

Osvaldo’s future has been placed into doubt after the arrival of Italian Under-21 international Mattia Destro.

“It’s good to have strong teammates,” he added. “Competition for places is a motivation factor. I can also adapt and play wide if necessary.”

Osvaldo, despite being born in Argentina, was given his first Italian cap by Prandelli last season – but was ignored in the summer.

“I was obviously disappointed that I missed out of Euro 2012, but I liked how Italy played,” the forward continued.

“I can fit into Prandelli’s tactics and it would be great to play alongside Mario Balotelli. I didn’t see that many games during the competition, but Mario was exceptional against Germany.

“We also shouldn’t forget that Italy have Milan’s Antonio Cassano in attack too.”

Osvaldo, 26, scored 11 goals in 26 League games last season.

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