Monday July 14 2014
Keita dreams of a Roma title

Seydou Keita has been officially unveiled as a Roma player, and admits it would be a dream to win a title in the capital.

The Mali international has signed a one-year deal with the Giallorossi after a six-month spell with Spanish side Valencia.

And the veteran midfielder has insisted that despite his age, he is ready to fight for silverware.

“Roma is and has always been a big club,” he told a Press conference.

“They're on the back of a great season. I want to help the club to keep competing at the top

“Serie A is a major league and it's important for the club and me to be fighting for top spot.

“Yes, I've won a lot but I'll do everything I can for as long as my head and body hold up. It would be great to win a title here.

“I've got a one-year contract but I actually asked if I could focus on just one season.

“If things go well, both the club and I will be happy to extend my stay. A year is a long time - it's a daily battle over 9 months.

“It's tough to say what Roma will do. The club had a great season and we have an excellent squad which will be strengthened.

“We definitely need to produce the level the club and the fans expect of us.

“Why Roma? When I was in China I wanted to come back to Europe to compete for big titles. The same goes for this year.”

The 34-year-old then commented on some injuries worries ahead of the new season, and Coach Rudi Garcia.

“My knee's better and I'm nearly back to 100 per cent fitness. I'm happy about that because I struggled with the injury at Valencia.

2I'm 34 but physically I feel a lot younger. Footballers are athletes and we always want to win: it comes down to your mentality.

“Garcia? Everything's been said about what a great job he did last season. Results matter in football and I'm focused on this season.”