Thursday March 31 2011
Di Benedetto: 'Scudetto next year!'

Thomas Di Benedetto has outlined his ambitious plans. “We want to win the Scudetto next season and turn Roma from Princess to Queen.”

The Boston magnate is at the head of a conglomerate that will buy out 60 per cent of the club's shares, leaving the other 40 to UniCredit bank.

“I love Rome, it's one of the most wonderful and well-known cities in the world, with architecture built over 2000 years ago,” he told TG1 and Mediaset news.

“Roma are a great squad and the passion of their supporters is second to none. I tell the fans, Forza Roma!

“At the moment Roma are a Princess and we want to make her into a Queen. In reality, we'd like to win the Scudetto next season. The objective is clear: win the title as soon as possible.”

Di Benedetto is expected to make sweeping changes to the club over the summer, but noted there would still be a Giallorossi core.

“There are many players who impress me and we are already working on them, but our basic model of the team is already here. It's Francesco Totti and his extraordinary career. He's a magician.

“Vincenzo Montella is doing a great job. The situation was very difficult and it's clear he has a great rapport with the players. He managed to remove that black cloud that was holding the team down.”

The American businessman said he would aim to restructure the Stadio Olimpico to take away the running track.

“It's not just Roma, but all of Italian football who need new stadiums. They are crucial to get back to the levels of a few years ago. The stadium is an absolute priority for us.”

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