Sunday May 29 2011
Riise 'excited' by new Roma era

John Arne Riise has reassured Roma fans he has no intention of leaving. “It's going to be exciting with the new owners.”

The defender has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, including his former club Liverpool.

“I will certainly stay at Roma for another year and, with my agent, we have decided to wait for the new owners to settle in to discuss a contract renewal,” he wrote on his official website.

“I want to thank the fans. Even if I think it was a disappointing season, now we must focus on the next.

“The victory over Sampdoria allowed us to qualify for the Europa League, although we had intended to fight for the Scudetto.

“Now we have to recharge our batteries and it's going to be exciting with the new owners. We need players, directors and owners with the right mentality to be competitive.”

The Sensi family has sold the club to American investors, led by Thomas Di Benedetto, who will take over next month.

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