Wednesday August 1 2012
Destro: 'Why I chose Roma'

Mattia Destro has been presented to the media as a Roma player for the first time. “I was convinced by the project here and am at Zdenek Zeman’s complete disposal.”

The former Siena and Genoa striker was in a tug-of-war when Juventus made a higher wage offer, though eventually the Giallorossi won out in a deal worth €19m.

“I am here because I was convinced by the project at Roma and the desire the club had to sign me,” he said in a Press conference.

“Roma is a great club and there are many champions in the squad. I wanted to make what would be the best choice for me.

“Interest from Juve and other sides? I don’t want to talk about them now. I am at Roma and I’m happy to be here, the rest doesn’t matter. It was a long negotiation process and I have to thank Genoa President Enrico Preziosi for keeping his word.”

Destro was welcomed to the Giallorossi training camp by captain Francesco Totti.

“We met today. For a youngster like me to have someone like Totti alongside him is the ultimate,” smiled the Under-21 international.

“I have already played in a 4-3-3 system as a wide attacker, but whatever the decision I am at Zeman’s complete disposal.

“There is a lot of competition for places, but I am not frightened by that. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench.

“The Coach will evaluate the training sessions and how players behave. I am never sated. We’re training for a great season and I don’t know where we could end up – hopefully as high up the table as possible.”