Monday March 28 2011
Di Benedetto reveals plans for Roma

Roma's prospective new owner Thomas Di Benedetto has revealed that he wants to win the Scudetto every year, buy six players this summer and build a new stadium.

The American is expected to complete the purchase of Roma this week after a long process of due diligence, which started before Christmas.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "My dream is exactly that of millons of fans: to make Roma one of the top clubs in the world, a team capable of winning the Scudetto every year and of finally being competitive in the Champions League.

"How do you say it in your parts? All roads lead to Roma…"

"My team is composed of people who know world football very well. We'll speak with the current management who are working very well when it's the right moment and make a judgement.

"I believe that some players will be sold and others will arrive, at least five or six new players.

"I was at Roma-Inter, and we won with a great goal from Mirko Vucinic. That evening the passion of the Romanisti overwhelmed me. There is nothing comparable in the United States, perhaps some games of college football played in front of 100,000 people.

"But it's a shame that all this support for Roma doesn't have an adequate structure: The Olimpico doesn't reward the passion of the Romanisti at all, the stands are too far from the pitch, the noise is lost with the distance.

"Also for this reason, it'll take a new stadium, and a different one: an English-like ground that has positive effects on the players, a modern version of Campo Testaccio."

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