Monday July 30 2012
Roma like Brazil, says Castan

Leandro Castan is delighted following his switch to Italian giants Roma. “It’s like playing for Brazil,” he raved.

The defender has moved to the Stadio Olimpico this summer after impressing in South America with Corinthians.

“I adore Serie A and I don’t understand why a few of the big players have decided to leave,” the stopper noted.

“At Roma there are a lot of my countrymen and this Roma seems like Brazil,” he added. “I chose this club because of the project which was explained to me.”

Castan, uncapped by his country, is a 25-year-old who was required by the capital club given their problems at centre-back last term.

The South American started his career at Atletico Mineiro, before moves to Helsingborgs in Sweden and Brazil’s Gremio Barueri.

The player helped Corinthians win the Copa Libertadores recently.

Roma failed to qualify for European football under previous boss Luis Enrique. They are now coached by Zdenek Zeman who employs a 4-3-3.