Wednesday October 26 2011
Stekelenburg: I need to learn Italian

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has admitted that he struggles to communicate with his Roma defence.

The custodian joined the Giallorossi from Ajax in the summer and is starting to prove his worth, but he says that he's struggling with the language.

"Italian is really hard to learn, a bit like my Dutch," he told Il Messaggero on Wednesday during an interview.

"I'm taking lessons and I'm starting to understand it, but I still don't talk very much of it at this moment in time.

"I have to communicate with my teammates in English while we're on the pitch. I know German too, but that's no use.

"A lot of my colleagues talk Spanish as well to boss Luis Enrique.

"I know that I have to learn Italian, and quickly, in order to make myself understood."

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